Timothy and Titus – Inconspicuous Leadership
We can only take others as far as we have been ourselves. We cannot speak The Message of Jesus truthfully accurately and with understanding if we do not know Him personally. We cannot point others to God if we do not know where to point. We cannot quote God’s Word with insight if we do not know what it says and understand what it means. We cannot continue to talk of Him with living for Him.
We cannot raise the hopes of others until we have been through hard times and found hope and help in Jesus ourselves. Only then can we explain how God has brought us through and how He can do the same for others. Hope does not see the circumstance, only the Person of Hope and solution for freedom, from the inside out. The tortured, persecuted church in Paul’s time, at the writing of the letters of leadership teaching to Timothy and Titus fall on ears who are going through rough times. Paul is in jail…raising the hopes of those who are still free but have to live inconspicuously among those who do not like what they are preaching.
There is no one then, who is more qualified to raise the hope of Jesus in us, among God’s people (and us now), than Paul. He reminds his young apprentices to “Get a grip” on The Message and know how to “use the truth to either spur people on in knowledge or stop them in their tracks if they oppose it.” Learn to know the difference! Worldly thinking or God’s thinking? We must get a grip on God’s thinking and behaving in this world today. Know the difference. Be different. Make a difference by raising the hopes of those who are hopeless with The Message, Jesus, our Savior and Lord from whom our hope lies.
Titus 1 letterTitus 1, The Message
1-4 I, Paul, am God’s slave and Christ’s agent for promoting the faith among God’s chosen people, getting out the accurate word on God and how to respond rightly to it. My aim is to raise hopes by pointing the way to life without end. This is the life God promised long ago—and he doesn’t break promises! And then when the time was ripe, he went public with his truth. I’ve been entrusted to proclaim this Message by order of our Savior, God himself. Dear Titus, legitimate son in the faith: Receive everything God our Father and Jesus our Savior give you!
A Good Grip on the Message
5-9 I left you in charge in Crete so you could complete what I left half-done. Appoint leaders in every town according to my instructions. As you select them, ask, “Is this man well-thought-of? Is he committed to his wife? Are his children believers? Do they respect him and stay out of trouble?” It’s important that a church leader, responsible for the affairs in God’s house, be looked up to—not pushy, not short-tempered, not a drunk, not a bully, not money-hungry. He must welcome people, be helpful, wise, fair, reverent, have a good grip on himself, and have a good grip on the Message, knowing how to use the truth to either spur people on in knowledge or stop them in their tracks if they oppose it.
10-16 For there are a lot of rebels out there, full of loose, confusing, and deceiving talk. Those who were brought up religious and ought to know better are the worst. They’ve got to be shut up. They’re disrupting entire families with their teaching, and all for the sake of a fast buck. One of their own prophets said it best:
The Cretans are liars from the womb,
barking dogs, lazy bellies.
He certainly spoke the truth. Get on them right away. Stop that diseased talk of Jewish make-believe and made-up rules so they can recover a robust faith. Everything is clean to the clean-minded; nothing is clean to dirty-minded unbelievers. They leave their dirty fingerprints on every thought and act. They say they know God, but their actions speak louder than their words. They’re real creeps, disobedient good-for-nothings.
Titus 1 hope and knowledgeCharacteristics of Leaders of Hope
-Raise hope by pointing the way to life in Jesus
-Integrity of The Message deep inside
-Responsible and dependable
-Not pushy, short tempered, drunk, a bully and not money hungry.
-Welcoming, hospitable, open arms approach to others.
-Always helpful
-Wise, has good skills for living life well.
-Sees the fair side of things, what is good for all.
-Reverent and obedient to God
-Knows himself and has a good grip on self control.
-Knows The Message and lives it out loud.
-Knows how to tell others The Message, knowing how to use the truth to either spur people on in knowledge or stop them if they don’t know. Cares enough to confront.
-Loves God. Loves others.
-Discerns and sees evil and evil’s schemes quickly and speaks Truth.
-Believes in repentance and restoration between humankind and God.
-Knows how to tell others The Message, knowing how to use the truth to either spur people on in knowledge or stop them if they don’t know. Cares enough to confront.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for Your Word that teaches us about the Hope we have in You through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving us. Thank you for raising our hopes through tough times. We praise You for all you have done, are doing and will do in and through our lives here on earth. Continue to transform me, your church and then the world…with Hope.
In Jesus Name, Amen

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Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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