Timothy and Titus – Inconspicuous Leadership
When all else fails, pray. That seems to be the popular opinion and life hack these days. What if we began each day by first praying to the God of Creation who was, and is and is to come. What if we pray to the One who knows all, is in all and above all. Why not ask HIS opinion of what He wants… FIRST?
As Paul mentors Timothy and Titus as inconspicuous leaders who are devoted to God, obedient to God and so, therefore equipped by God, he teaches them, “The first thing I want you to do is pray.”
1 Timothy 2, The Message
1-3 The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.
4-7 He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.
8-10 Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.
11-15 I don’t let women take over and tell the men what to do. They should study to be quiet and obedient along with everyone else. Adam was made first, then Eve; woman was deceived first—our pioneer in sin!—with Adam right on her heels. On the other hand, her childbearing brought about salvation, reversing Eve. But this salvation only comes to those who continue in faith, love, and holiness, gathering it all into maturity. You can depend on this.
LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLE #2:
–Pray first. Pray to God. Pray for everyone. This is what God wants. This is the way to live and mature in our relationship with God.
–Humble adoration of the God who saves us through Jesus Christ, His Son.
–Believe in men and women humbly praying together to God, our Father.
–Know what God wants…to help others find and follow Jesus.
–Know that God wants EVERYONE saved.
–Know God. “There’s one God and only one.” “One Jesus…who set us free.”
–God is not to be debated. Prayer is opening clenched fists (what we think we want) and raising holy, open hands (ready to receive what God wants) to God, trusting Him for all we need for the journey.
–We know we need God.
–We cannot be or do anything of significance without God.
–God equips who He invites to HIS work of salvation.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Here we are again. We come before you with humility in knowing we cannot do life without You. It is a new day and we rejoice in our relationship with You. We thank You for this day and ask that You give us all we need to be and do all that pleases You. Your daily manna, first “breakfast” of the day you have made, is all we need to begin each day with confidence in your faithfulness to us. Continue to transform me. Transform your church. Transform the world.
In Jesus Name, Amen