Titus 3:13 (HCSB)
13 Diligently help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey, so that they will lack nothing.
Paul’s letter to Titus closes in these final verses. Even in these closing verses, we can find valuable truth.
- In Titus 3:14, Paul reiterates the need for believers to “devote themselves to good works”. And he adds the reason for this as “cases of urgent need”. So we see that believers are to prepare to help those in need, and this is considered being “fruitful”. Again we see that being a Christ follower is not a self-centered path, but one focused outwardly, spreading the mirroring the grace and love of God.
- It is interesting that Paul began the closing verses with two requests. Considering what is conveyed in v14, it would seem this is not an accident. The first request of Paul is that Titus would come to visit him. We should not avoid coming together, but take advantage of those opportunities. It seems logical that at least part of Paul’s request is related to training, or teaching, Titus. We might even expect the visit to be an opportunity for Paul to learn as well, and be apprised of the progress of Titus’ work. Again, we should take this as an example: we should take advantage of opportunities to learn, to grow, to be enriched, emboldened and rejuvenated.
- And Paul’s second request is equally telling: in the same vein as focusing outward, Titus is called to help others on their mission. Sometimes it is our mission being supported by the body, sometimes we are part of the body serving and supporting the mission. We should not lose sight of the fact that we enjoy and are gifted the chance to fulfill both roles.
Lord, thank You for Your design, for Your church. I pray that we would each embrace and step up into the roles You have for us, in each time and place. Help us to be bold and embolden other believers in glorifying You and expanding Your kingdom. Amen.