Timothy and Titus – Inconspicuous Leadership
Ready, get on your mark, get set, GO! We cannot deny the feelings we have when a race begins, especially if WE are the ones on the starting block! Our heartbeats quicken with excitement. Our adrenaline kicks up our energy levels. We are ready to take off, trained and ready, to run to the finish line!
Paul tells Titus, “This new life is starting right now…!” Salvation is available for everyone! GO tell it! As Paul writes, the pace of his words seem to quicken with excitement as he mentors his apprentice at the starting block. My own heart beat quickens as I read and write this! GO! The signal to run has been made! We are redeemed! Live a God-filled, God-honoring life. Turn your back on the enemy offering only darkness and loss.
Run with energetic goodness! Build up God’s team with courage and discipline to keep running! You’re the team leader, so keep running to win. Jesus Christ is at the finish line waiting for you and your team, (all who believe and accept Jesus)! His arms are open, waiting for you to run to Him! Look at the smile on our Lord’s face!
This is the picture of living a God-filled, God-honoring life that I am imagining this morning as I read our next passage. What is God telling you?
Titus 2, The Message
11-14 God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness.
15 Tell them all this. Build up their courage, and discipline them if they get out of line. You’re in charge. Don’t let anyone put you down.
LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLE #17: Challenge and encourage your team to run with you to the finish line of love, mercy and grace….all found in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
-Lives for God, with God’s Holy Spirit helping us.
-Honors God with belief AND behavior that matches what we have been taught.
-Energetic, wise, ready to share the Message, quick to forgive.
-Knows where the finish line is located and runs to Jesus who is waiting there to welcome his team.
-Is a team player…and leader if called upon to do so.
Dear Heavenly Father,
It is so good to just sit and talk with You each morning. Thank you for listening to our prayers for help, comfort, healing and restoration for ourselves and others. Thank you for speaking to our hearts and “coaching” us as we run to the finish line to meet you. Continue to coach me and transform me to be the runner you intended for me to be all along. Transform your church. Transform the world, through your church, to run to your salvation before it’s too late.
In Jesus Name, Amen