Unwritten Not Unneeded
"Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts." - Colossians 4:7-8 NIV If you've studied scripture for any length of time you've no doubt discovered that what we have written, is not all that was written. For example, the Old Testament references several books that don't appear within its pages. (Joshua 10:13, Numbers 21:14, 2 Chr. 9:29 etc.) Likewise, the Apostle Paul in the New Testament refers to letters no one in the modern world has ever read. (1 Cor. 5:9, 16:3) To take this point even further, the gospel writer John says, concerning all that Jesus did, that there wouldn't be enough books to contain the accounts even if they were written down. (John 21:25) Now I don't mean to imply that the scripture we have is in any way, incomplete. Simply that, God doesn't have to give us an account of everything in order for scripture to be sufficient. But it's this very observation of writings we do not have, that prompted today's thought. In one more instance, (like those above) our passage today tells us that the Apostle Paul sent a man named Tychicus to inform and encourage the Colossian Christians. The details of Paul and Timothy's "circumstances", nor the precise encouragement to be given appear in Scripture; and yet it was important enough for Paul to commission it. This is where you and I come in. Although we will never have our stories added to the cannon of Scripture, it doesn't mean that what we do or say is insignificant or unneeded, just that it is unwritten. In fact we're all invited to participate in this very same work. No matter what our opportunity: reporting facts, encouraging the Saints, or even taking out the garbage, what we do has great value in God's Kingdom. Like Tychicus, our part doesn't have to be written to be needed. We should all be encouraged that what we do in Christ will never go unnoticed by God! Questions to Consider: What are some things you do on a daily basis that are of great importance to the kingdom of God?