“As to all my affairs, Tychicus, our beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Lord, will bring you information” (Colossians 4:7).

In the closing section of this letter, between verses 7-17, Paul mentions eleven different names of individuals that are connected to his ministry and work for the benefit of the church in Colossae. Anytime we are imprisoned by thoughts of being alone, or thinking that the life of faith is just a private pursuit of the “inner man,” passages such as these state otherwise. Ours is a shared commission with a common task, and when circumstances seek to overwhelm us, the working of the Spirit and the fellowship of God’s people reminds us that we are never alone.

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