As Paul nears the close of his short epistle to Titus, he urges, “Diligently help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way so that nothing is lacking for them” (3:13). Whatever Paul had in mind, whether financial, transportation, lodging, emotional, or similar help, it is an interesting plea. It isn’t said, but is fair to infer, that “their way” involved spiritual business. Lange and others surmise that these were on Crete but wanting to head out on a missionary journey and that Titus must have been a man of financial means who could see to their provisions. Maybe, but let’s not miss the bigger principle. One Christian is told to help others along their way.
God’s great work is still going on today. Each of us has a role to play in advancing it, but we should not discount the importance of helping others on their way in this effort. We should do so thoroughly and thoughtfully. As we look within the local congregation, we should ask who we could help on their way.
- Those who organize the Bible School program, as they look for teachers and helpers
- Those who organize the worship services, as they seek those to lead it
- Those who desire to engage in mission work, as they try to raise the necessary funds
- Elders and deacons, who appeal for help in their respective works
- Those who need a ride to the doctor
- Those on our prayer list, as they have various needs we can carry to the throne of God
- The homeless, imprisoned, and otherwise needy, as they represent Jesus (Mat. 25:35ff)
- Our youth who would benefit from godly, spiritual leadership and mentoring
- Young mothers who would be encouraged by sympathy and kindness as they strive to train their children in the assemblies
- Those who organize workdays and need help from the rest of us
- Those who have recently suffered a loss, as they struggle to retain balance and stability
- A lost neighbor, co-worker, and family member who may be struggling to find the truth
- Whoever I may have missed who needs you or me to be God’s hands and heart
Mary Barrett wrote, “Lend a hand to help a brother who is striving hard and true, don’t forget that in the valley there is someone needing you.” May we take that personally. Don’t discount what you might do to help a brother or sister on their way. What might we find, when we get to heaven, which came of taking that precious moment to supply what they needed in such a situation?