Today’s Scripture: All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord: Colossians 4:7


“I should just give up. I’m only the water boy,” Patrick mumbled to himself as he shot another hoop in the silence of the empty gym after everyone had left. He had spent the entire basketball game as a benchwarmer and now felt dejected and worthless.

“Tommy gets to play almost every game. Coach must be so proud of him for making all those shots. No one on the team could appreciate what I do.”

 Often we feel like spiritual benchwarmers. We fill our heads with untrue thoughts like: “Well, So-and-So is more important than I am. They teach Sunday School and I just type up the church bulletin,” or “No one needs me. I am too insignificant to make a difference.”

 In God’s eyes, there are no benchwarmers. His Word proves each believer is important and can be used for His glory. Look at Paul’s friend, Tychicus, who was given the task of visiting the church in Colosse to comfort their hearts.

Although Tychicus’ work was not as well-known as Paul’s, the Lord still used him to uplift the church when Paul could not be there.

 Friend, whether your job is cleaning the church kitchen or filing the choir music, the Lord needs you. He is honored by what you are doing, even if you do not receive public recognition. Serve with the confidence that no believers are benchwarmers in His eyes.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder