Monday, December 17, 2012

Titus 1-3; Philemon

Daily Reading
Titus 1-3; Philemon

Daily Thought

Paul reminds Titus of the task left to him in Crete, "that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you" (Titus 1:5). Look at the home. Is he a one-woman kind of man, devoted to his wife? Do his children believe and behave? If he cannot care for his own household, don't give him charge over God's! 

Paul provides a checklist of virtues: "He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined" (Titus 1:7-8). These qualities must not only be present, but public, evident to others. 

Finally, a leader must be mighty with sword, meaning "he must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it" (Titus 1:9). The sword is double-edged, it teaches truth and it exposes lies. 

Take care in commissioning, warns Paul, because the conduct of a church will be a reflection of the character of its leadership.

Daily Prayer

My God, raise up godly men and women to lead well. Keep them holy and true, devoted to Your Word, sharing its wisdom with Your church, so that Your people will be equipped to live rightly and well, and do good to all they meet. 

May I be constant in prayer for the leadership, for they will know the attack of Satan. May they stand, and may I stand with them, as we all hold fast to what is true and godly and good, in a world that desperately needs to know God.


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