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Learning today from Titus 3:12-15/
12 When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13 Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. 14 And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.
15 All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith.
Grace be with you all.
As always, when Paul closes off a letter to someone he gives some instructions about plans he has. Today his instructions are fairly simple for the most part…
He plans to send either Artemas or Tychicus to him, and when, whoever it is arrives, he wants Titus to come to him at Nicopolis. Paul is hoping to spend the winter there which gives Titus time to arrive (I am making an assumptions here).
Speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way, being generous in your support of them so that they don’t lack in anything they need. Think on that a spell eh? To be so generous with fellow believers when they travel for a reason that they LACK NOTHING. I’m too stingy for that! I’m sorry, I so easily count the cost of everything, wondering how little I can get away with. Are you the same? Are you generous in your helpfulness?
Then comes this line from Paul “And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.” Oh… but I am called to account. If I am so busy counting my pennies… am I devoted to good works or… am I devoted to myself and my own needs? It’s not a pretty picture.
I think if I saw God’s mercy and his love for me MORE clearly this wouldn’t be an issue. When I look at the future, with hubby currently not having a job, and me trying to watch our pennies so I can be protective of the future and our needs… am I seeing God clearly? Or I am worrying about something I aught not worry on. If God cares for the birds (even in this bitter cold weather) why wouldn’t I think he’ll take care of me? Ergo, my giving to others, when called upon, should be generous and not stingy. It should be a good works because of my trust in God. Don’t you think?
How do I cultivate that type of response? How can I see God more and myself less? Might I somehow make it a more automatic response? I suppose the same way I treat my boy… calling him out on poor decision making and helping him make a better one. Over and over again. The repetition builds automatic responses. Responses of faith in the Lord instead of trusting to myself. Responses of Good works and not minding my own self. Generousity in my giving through deliberate action.
Let us help those with urgent need generously. Let us do good works. Let us choose to not be unfruitful. Let me choose to trust God more easily, and honestly…he does have my back, he does care what happens to us down the road, he is EVER mindful. Be generous.
Paul closes with this line of greeting: All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Greet each other. Love others in the faith. Extend grace to each other.