God Has The Right Person at The Right Time

You may have heard of the story of the old lumberman who came into a store and said he’d like to buy a chainsaw because he had heard that they were quicker and easier for cutting down trees than his old one man saw. So he comes back a few days later and says the saw’s broken … More

Replacement

Paul ends his letter with some personal plans and instructions. Though it is not known where Paul was when he wrote this epistle, it is evident that he was planning to spend the winter at Necropolis on the Adriatic coast of Greece (vv. 12-13). He further instructs Titus to meet him there as soon as Artemis or Tychicus arrive. Evidently one of them was to replace Titus on the island of Crete. Artemis is not mentioned elsewhere in Scripture, hence we have no information about this man. Tychicus was one of Paul’s close associates about whom we have more information. He was a native of Asia (Acts 20:4) and probably accompanied Paul to Jerusalem on his third missionary journey. Paul had also chosen him to carry the Ephesian and Colossian epistles from Rome to Asia Minor.

At the writing of this letter it does not seem that Paul had determined when or which of those two men would be dispatched to Crete to replace Titus. However, we do know that Paul has requested Titus to join him at “Necropolis.” Also the lawyer Zenas and the trusted Apolos were on their way to Crete. We are not told why but perhaps some legal tangle had to be straightened out on the island. Apollos we do know for he was the eloquent preacher, from Alexandria, whom Aquilla and Priscilla had instructed in the Lord.

Application

The Lord always has the right person to do the right job at the right time. Am I willing to be that person and ready to do the job the Lord has for me to do?

Titus 3:12-13 (English Standard Version)

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. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing.

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