WHAT COMFORT FROM TITUS!
In two previous blogs, I mentioned Demas who deserted Paul for the world and Alexander who did him much harm (2Timothy 4:11, 14). We must not leave this subject of those who were key people in Paul’s life without mentioning the comforters and faithful men who stood by him. One of these special people was Titus.
2 Timothy 4 does not give us any details about Titus except that he had gone to Dalmatia (4:10). To understand the character of this man we must piece together numerous passages to give us a clue in what kind of person he was. After a three year period of personal training with the Lord in Arabia, Paul went to Jerusalem to visit Peter and then spent fourteen years in “the regions of Syria and Cilicia” (Galatians 1:17-24). Paul then went back “again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with” him (2:1). We must assume that Paul met Titus early in his ministry since he is mentioned in Paul’s first letter.
The next chronological mention of Titus is when Paul went to Troas expecting to find Titus there and doesn’t. Paul’s account of this event gives us a good insight into their relationship; “my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there” (2 Corinthians 2:13). Paul continues to express deep feelings for Titus in the following verses:
“But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus” (7:6).
“Therefore we are comforted. And besides our own comfort, we rejoiced still more at the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all” (7:13).
“Thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you” (8:16).
“As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit” (8:23).
These references speak for themselves. WHAT A DISCIPLE AND COWORKER IN THE GOSPEL!! I close this blog with Paul’s address in the personal letter to Titus: “To Titus, my true child in a common faith” (Titus 1:4). No wonder that Paul was confident in this spiritual son so that he could leave Titus “in Crete, so that [he] might put what remained into order and appoint elders in every town” (1:5).
Is this the kind of character that is seen in you? Can you be trusted with the spiritual well-being of the saints somewhere? Do you have “the same earnest care” that Paul had for the believers?
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