So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus will tell you everything. He is a dear brother and a faithful minister in the Lord. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, to let you know how we are, and to encourage your hearts. Peace be to the whole community, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who have an undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.
So that you know what I am doing, I am sending a faithful witness to tell you the story…
What a responsibility Tychicus has been given! He has become the sharer of all he knows, has seen, and all that is burning within him: as well as the reality of what following the ‘Jesus-way’ involves. He wasn’t the first to be the ‘story sharer’; he wasn’t the only witness; and we are proof that he wasn’t going to be the last.
I find myself reflecting if in our world context, there is a renewed call and need for us to witness, to tell of Jesus and to share the hope that burns within us? After all, Jesus is not ours to lock away and make safe and if we are busy jealously hoarding him, surely we’ve got witnessing wrong?
How would our communities, our relationships, the places where we work and our front-line mission-fields be enlivened if the amazing hope of Jesus was invited to be an active, transformative part of the community’s shared narrative?
Like Paul, our hope and prayer for one another surely must be for “peace for the whole community and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”.
Loving God, Give us the strength and focus that we need to be your faithful witnesses: Enable us share the hope that burns within us with those who need hope, Let the work you ask of us be the focus of all we are and do, Give us the creativity to express who we are with you; in new, resourceful and creative ways. Breathe your creative fire through us and let us be faithful in our sharing. Amen
The Rev’d John Grundy is minister of St Andrew’s URC Brockley and St Michaels United Church New Cross
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