And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful. (Titus 3:14, NKJV)
We must not only learn to walk in good works, we must also learn to maintain them (Ephesians 2:10; 5:2, 8, 15). The word Paul used for “maintain” in today’s verse means to “stand before” or to “preside” (Strong’s). We must learn to preside over our conduct by continuing to do good works without neglect. Instead of losing interest in doing good, we must supervise our attitudes so that we look for opportunities to do what is good and right. Paul said, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:9-10). By maintaining good works we are able to meet the essential needs that arise (“urgent needs”), fruitfully fulfilling the Lord’s work. A diligent heart to do God’s will keeps on practicing good works. Without supervising our hearts, weariness and apathy will lead us to neglect our responsibility to do good to all.