Because some Jews had plotted against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia. 4 He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. 5 These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas. 6 But we sailed from Philippi after the Festival of Unleavened Bread, and five days later joined the others at Troas, where we stayed seven days. Acts 20:2-6
Once again we see random men traveling with Paul. Were they body guards, given the immediate plots against Paul’s life? Was Paul mentoring them as they traveled from town to town? Both are real possibilities. Whoever they were, they were important enough to name by name. I think the key here is they came from diverse places in that region. The Gospel was spreading rapidly. No one could stop its spread. Rioting. Persecution. Imprisonment. Beatings. Nothing could stop the spread.
These men were the fruits of the Disciples’ preaching. Were they in attendance when the Disciples preached or did they hear the message from friends or relatives? No one knows.
How did you hear the Gospel? How many times did you have to hear it before it “sank in?”
We forget in our busyness that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is still changing people.
The seeds you planted long ago are bearing fruit. The seeds you plant to day will bear fruit in the future. A few each day will go a long way.