Scripture reading for October 8th: Titus 1
Paul had left Titus, a young minister, in Crete to attend to some unfinished business. Ministry in God’s kingdom must be lead by leaders with character and who are true to the apostolic teachings and sound doctrine. There were those in Crete who were influencing the young church that needed correction and Paul entrusted Titus with this job.
“The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless–not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”
The church must be led by people of character. This character is made evident by their conduct and reputation in their family and community. Children are reflections of their parent’s discipline and training. When there are wild and disobedient children, this disqualifies a person for leadership in God’s family, the Church. Character is the primary consideration given to Titus to complete the unfinished business of appointing elders to lead.
Another strong consideration was sound doctrine. Elders must be hospitable and able to teach. They must relate well to the people and be able to instruct in the truth as well as correct those who were wrong. It’s a noble thing to lead Christ’s family! (1st Timothy 3:1)