But Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. - 2 Timothy 4:12
At the end of Paul’s life, he is in prison. As is seen in this letter, Paul is still teaching his disciple Timothy. He is still believing God. And he is still sending people to fulfill Christ’s mission.
One of my heroes of the faith is Herschel Martindale. For over 50 years, Herschel has been faithfully praying and believing God for the gospel to spread to the ends of the earth. During his lifetime Herschel has sent out teams from his church to proclaim Christ both in the United States and overseas. It was largely due to Herschel’s faith that churches and ministries have been started in Europe. Herschel did so by “sending” workers to Europe.
Now Herschel is nearly 90 years old. He is limited in his ability to go. But he is not limited in praying. He is not limited in skyping with people in other countries. And he is not limited in his ability to send. He has sent his son-in-law, George Sebek, and others to proclaim Jesus Christ in the Dominican Republic. Like Paul who sent Tychicus, Herschel is still sending people today.
Christianity is ultimately a sending religion. God sent Jesus to the earth to live a sinless life, to die on the cross, and to be raised from the dead. Jesus sent the Twelve and the Apostle Paul to preach the gospel to Jews and Gentiles alike. Over the last 2000 years churches and ministries have sent out workers to advance the name of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. And today God, by the Holy Spirit, continues to send out workers into His harvest so that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Are you ready to be sent? And are you ready to send others?
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