Diligently help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey, so that they will lack nothing. And our people must also learn to devote themselves to good works for cases of urgent need, so that they will not be unfruitful. Titus 3:13-14 HCSB
The devastation in Oklahoma due to the monster tornado is unparalleled in history. NBC News broadcast a special on the tornado and the comment was made, “If you’re waiting for the government it will be a while, but the Baptist men will be here tomorrow.” I am a member of the Disaster Relief team for Kentucky Baptist. We are required to be prepared to respond to an emergency in a moment’s notice. I have a bag that is packed and ready to go whenever I am needed. Currently, Kentucky Baptists have volunteers working in the flooded areas of Illinois and the rebuild efforts after the hurricane in New York. Tornado and hurricane seasons are the busiest times for Disaster Relief volunteers. It is encouraging that Baptists set a good role model in Disaster Relief that others can follow.
Paul encouraged Titus to set an example to others by doing the good work of taking care of the needs of Zenas and Apollos. The people were to follow Titus’ example and devote themselves to good works and helping those in need. We should constantly be looking for ways we can minister to and help those who are need around us.
Challenge: If you are physically able, volunteer to be a member of a Disaster Relief team. Develop a first response team in your church to respond to disasters in your community. Be a good model to others by taking care of the needs of your neighbors, family, and friends. Pray for those affected by the tornados in Oklahoma. Pray for those who are able to go help with the relief efforts. Give money to help. Go and help. More help will be needed in the coming months as people rebuild.