Timothy and Titus – Inconspicuous Leadership
I was impressed this morning hearing the words of a military soldier who is on a mission in another country. He had a scary health issue while on mission and was sent to a hospital to be checked out. As he was waiting to go back his words reminded me of the tenacity of our life mission. “I must get back to it. I want to finish something I start. I want to finish my mission.” We are all soldiers on a mission for God. Paul reminds Timothy of the ups and downs of being on mission with loving advice and encouragement to “stick with what you’ve learned.” Don’t let deceived people faze you. There will be trouble ahead, but stick with it.
A leader continually and consistently learns. The very word “teacher” in the Greek language means “One who learns”. So as teachers and leaders we are on mission from God to pass on what we have learned. Know your message, says Paul, “Stick with what you have learned and believe”.
What is The Message? Our next passage explains it well.
2 Timothy 3, The Message
Keep the Message Alive
10-13 You’ve been a good apprentice to me, a part of my teaching, my manner of life, direction, faith, steadiness, love, patience, troubles, sufferings—suffering along with me in all the grief I had to put up with in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. And you also well know that God rescued me! Anyone who wants to live all out for Christ is in for a lot of trouble; there’s no getting around it. Unscrupulous con men will continue to exploit the faith. They’re as deceived as the people they lead astray. As long as they are out there, things can only get worse.
14-17 But don’t let it faze you. Stick with what you learned and believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers—why, you took in the sacred Scriptures with your mother’s milk! There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.
LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLE #13: STICK WITH THE MISSION OF THE WORD OF GOD
Leadership Characteristics –
–Reads God’s Word for guidance and correction for living.
–Meditates on God’s Word so it is consumed internally.
–Teaches God’s Word as the only Truth trustworthy for living life God’s Way.
–Knows that God’s Word is God inspired and written by Him.
–Knows that God’s Word is HIS story, showing us His characteristics and ways of living.
–God’s Word is the standard by which we live. We are not perfect, only forgiven. We need help. God sent us His Word in human form, Jesus, then gave us His Word written down so that we might know Him.
–We do not worship His Word, we worship God alone. His Word leads us to worship, humility and tenacious love.
–His Word is knowledge of God.
–To God be the glory, honor and praise!
“Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.”
I want to run the race and finish the mission well. Don’t you?
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for Your Word that guides, corrects, humbles, encourages, and trains us for our mission. Thank you for your Holy Spirit who turns on the Light so we can see Your Word for what it is…Truth! Thank you for all the “ah-ha” moments when Truth teaches us. Thank you for opportunities to pass on Your Truth. Thank you for You. Thank you for being with us. Thank you for being patient with us. Thank you for saving us. Continue to transform me. Transform Your church. Transform the world.
In Jesus Name, Amen
And I’m singing….
“I know Whom I have believed,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.”