Today’s Devotional – Embracing Our Call to Lead and Inspire
In the heart of the first and second chapters of Titus, it’s clear that Paul pens his words with a keen awareness of pastors and elders. It’s striking, then, to realize that this message isn’t exclusive to them. It is meant for you, and yes, even for me.
And why is that? Because we are all leaders in one way or another. Perhaps you guide women through Bible studies, or you share the word of God through a blog. Maybe you impart wisdom during Sunday School or offer life’s lessons to your children in the comfort of your home. In any of these roles, it’s likely that someone, somewhere, is watching, learning, and following your lead.
As leaders, our responsibilities are twofold. Firstly, we are called to nurture and grow in our godliness. Secondly, we must ensure that our lives serve as living examples of this godliness.
So, how do we cultivate godliness? The answer lies in the pursuit of truth.
As Paul, a humble servant of God and a devoted apostle of Jesus Christ, writes “further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness.” (Titus 1:1, NIV)
In my early days of faith, I would often find myself pointing a finger while reading the Bible. Almost every other verse I read seemed to remind me of someone I knew who desperately needed to change. As my faith matured, however, it dawned on me that the message wasn’t as much about them as it was about me.
The questions started to change. How could I serve the Lord better? What was He calling me to do?
Elders are called to be blameless, faithful, and to stand steadfastly in the word of God. This is because our words lose their essence if our actions don’t echo them.
Paul guides Titus to encourage older women to embody reverence and sobriety before they take on the task of instructing the younger ones.
“Then they can teach the young women…” he writes. (2:4)
An effective leader doesn’t merely talk about godliness and truth. She walks it. She sets herself apart not by just pointing the way but by paving it with her godly life.
You are loved by an almighty God,
The Time-Warp Wife
Desiring a closer walk with our Lord. Wanting to be the Woman of Faith He wants me to be.