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Titus 1:2-3

 

This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—

Who does not lie—promised them before the world began.

And now at just the right time he has revealed this message, which we announce to everyone.

It is by the command of God our Savior that I have been entrusted with this work for him.

 

In part five of our six-part devotion series entitled, "Revealed," we listen to the apostle Paul as he writes to his "true son" Titus.  While Timothy served as Paul's apostolic delegate to Ephesus, Titus served in the same position to the city of Corinth.  On Paul's missionary journey in 63-64 A.D., he left Timothy in Ephesus and traveled to Crete with Titus.  Paul left Timothy in Crete to provide leadership for the church there.  Sometime between 64-66 A.D., Paul wrote letters to both Timothy and Titus.  The content of these letters was primarily the same.  The difference is the emphasis.  While Paul writes to Timothy primarily about the leaders of the local church, he focuses with Titus on the organization of the local church.  What can we learn from this letter to Titus?  First of all through Paul, God had a definite plan for His church.  Paul didn't just plant churches and leave them to fend for themselves.  That would have been disastrous.  Each time, as Paul moved on to another location, he left someone in place to monitor the activities and progress of the newly-planted church.  Even when Paul was in prison, he continued to write letters, like this one, to those responsible for the evangelism and discipleship of the church.  How did Paul know what to say?  Remember that prior to Paul's conversion, he was a prolific sinner and had no background in planting churches.  The answer is in today's Scripture and we would be prudent and wise to listen to God.  Paul says that he knows what to do because God has revealed His message to him at exactly the right time.  Paul makes sure that Titus understands that all of the work Paul is doing is ordained by God.  Can we, and do we, say the same thing?  Has God revealed His plan to us for such a time as this?  If not, we should go to Him in prayer and ask for a clear understanding of the work God would have us do.  The Bible tells us that all believers have at least one spiritual gift that is to be used for the Kingdom.  If God has spoken to us about His plan for our lives, then we need to do exactly what Paul did.  "Announce It to Everyone!"