As he so often does, Paul ends this letter with personal updates and greetings to and from various people. We hear about Tychicus and Onesimus who are carrying the letter with them to Colossae. Both are described as “dear brother”. Then there are some of Paul’s other companions, Aristarchus, Mark, Justus, Epaphras, Luke and Demas, who all send their greetings.
How many of those people have you heard of before? A couple of them feature elsewhere in the New Testament, but I suspect most of them are hardly household names, despite being recorded here.
It might be Paul the Apostle that gets top billing in our minds, but Paul was not the only person serving God. He had a whole team of people around him, and they each had their own important jobs to do. They comforted and encouraged Paul as his companions, wrestled in prayer and travelled on Paul’s behalf. They were Paul’s “co-workers for the kingdom of God”.
Even the letter itself was the work of several people. Paul did not do most of the writing himself (see verse 18 – this is the part in Paul’s own handwriting) so somebody was needed for that. And then Onesimus and Tychicus were needed to deliver the letter. They might be just ‘delivery boys’, but without them, the Colossians would never have had the letter at all. It was a vital job.
Maybe we follow the teachings and writings of important Christian teachers and aspire to serve God in the same way one day. But remember, just like Paul, every ‘famous’ Christian is surrounded by a team of people who are all serving God, all just as important in his Kingdom.
You have a role to play in the Kingdom of God. It is a vital role prepared by God for you, and God will give you the skills you need to do it. God does not value ‘fame’ more highly than ‘faithfulness’. We don’t need to rush towards leadership or public recognition. No job is too small! Whether other people recognise and applaud what you do or not, be assured that God sees your faithful service.