12 As soon as I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, because I have decided to winter there. 13 Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way and see that they have everything they need. 14 Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives. 15 Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.
I love the fact that God used letters in the Bible. The personal comments at the beginning and end of letters remind us that Paul and the others mentioned are real people with needs like ours. Paul wanted Titus to come to him for the winter – presumably so they could enjoy fellowship and encouragement together and so that Paul could teach Titus more to equip him to teach others.
Paul also reminds us here that we need to be living productive lives so that we are able to provide for the needs of others. In fact the passage implies that one measure of the productiveness of our lives is how well we meet others’ needs. This means that we should be always on the lookout for opportunities to bless – then our lives will be worthwhile.
Lord, thank you for your word. Thank you that even personal greetings unrelated to us can bring us joy. Lord you have blessed me richly in life. Please help me to watch for opportunities to bless others. Amen
Written by Megan Cornell