By Pastor Ted R. House
God uses people to be a blessing to other people. The people He uses (and I say that in a good way) are tools in order to accomplish His work. He brings people into our lives that can help us or that we need to help during times of deep distress, sorrow, or pain. Oft times it is the prompting of the Holy Spirit in our lives. How many times have we had someone show up at just the right time, and we thank the Lord for sending that person, and they may never know what a blessing they were to us. For the next two weeks, we will be learning about who Titus was. Titus is an example of someone that God used as a help to others. The name “Titus” has two different definitions. The first comes from the root of his name, and the other is the most common meaning. When the two are put together, it is amazing! The root of his name means Titian, among giants. Meaning that he has a strong personality. He might have been what we call a “type A" personality but, it seems that he was a blend of both “type A" and “type B" personalities. He was not a Peter who was a flamboyant, “out there” kind of person. He was not a Paul, but he was a Titian among giants.
The second meaning is the word "pleasing", and that is the most common meaning. He was not a people pleaser, but he would have been a person that was enjoyable to be around. So, he was both strong and pleasing and we will see that in the text. His parents were Gentiles. They were Greeks. He was a convert of the Apostle Paul. Titus 1:4 begins: "To Titus, mine own son after the common faith". Titus was saved. His name is never mentioned in the book of Acts, but he was very active in the book of Acts. He was part of the group of believers, but we have to read Corinthians, Galatians, and Titus to find that out. He was a close and dear friend to the Apostle Paul and highly trusted by him. He was a loyal companion. He was a part of the delegation from the early church who went to Antioch to confirm the church there. He was with Paul at the Jerusalem council and he handled a lot of the delicate matters that arose in the different churches. He could be strong yet gentle in his approach. He was very tactful in handling situations. These attributes were a manifestation of the Holy Spirit in him and they were Titus' spiritual gifts. Paul gave Titus two different assignments at two different times in the New Testament. Both times he handled them with full apostolic authority.
We read about one of the assignments given to him in Titus 1:5: "For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee." Remember, Titus was a Gentile and Crete was a Gentile island. Paul left him there to ordain pastors in every city where there was a church started. He was to set in order the things wanting in each church. That takes skill and tact! He was a stranger to these people, but he was a leader of leaders. We read about another assignment in II Corinthians 2. This assignment was actually before the one in Crete. Corinth was a Gentile church. From the book of I Corinthians, we know that it was a very carnal church, and Titus would have had his hands full. It had a lot of problems and they even questioned Paul's authority! Look at II Corinthians 2:12-13 where Paul is speaking: "Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord, I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother…" Titus was supposed to have met Paul in Troas to give him a report of how it went in Corinth, but he did not show up.
To be continued next week.