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This is a tantalizing passage, because we don’t know who some of these people are. We would like to know more about Titus, too.
At this time Paul was collecting money for the Christians in Jerusalem, where there was a famine, and he needed people he could trust to convey the gift.
The first person who came to Paul’s mind was Titus. But to us Titus is a bit of a mystery because although he is mentioned 13 times in the New Testament, his name never appears in Acts. It has been suggested that he may have been the brother of Luke, who wrote Acts and kept his own name out of the narrative. Whether or not that’s true, Titus was an outstanding person. We can see that from the fact that Paul entrusted him with some tricky pastoral situations:
• he went to Jerusalem with Paul and Barnabas when there was a pivotal dispute about Gentile Christians,
• he was sent to set up church governance in Crete (a place known for its lack of moral standards),
• and on this occasion was sent to Corinth, where there were people undermining Paul’s authority.
What’s more, he loved the people in Corinth and had won their respect.
But the other two people are not named, and we can only speculate about who they were. One suggestion has been that one of them was Luke.
Maybe you know people like this. They get on well with all sorts of people. They are 100% reliable and honest. Everybody respects them. Maybe you are one of those people yourself.
William Barclay wrote of this passage: “It is most interesting to note that this same Paul, who could write like a lyric poet and think like a theologian, could, when it was necessary, act with the meticulous accuracy of a chartered accountant. He was a big enough man to do the little things and the practical things supremely well.”
Lord Jesus, Thank you for people like those described here, who do “the little things and the practical things supremely well” even if they don’t get any recognition for it. I pray that I too may be a person of integrity. Help me to get along with people I find difficult to relate to, and to earn their respect. In your name, Amen.