Reading Titus Chapters 1&2, I see that Paul is writing to Titus with pastors and elders in mind. And, with that I know it’s a message for me and for you.
Why? Because we’re all leaders in one way or another. Whether we’re leading a woman’s Bible study, writing a blog, teaching Sunday School, or teaching our children at home, there’s a good chance that someone is watching and learning from us.
With any call to leadership, there’s a two-fold responsibility. The first is to grow in godliness, and the second is to be an example of that godliness.
And, how do we grow in godliness? Through the knowledge of truth.
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness. (Titus 1:1, NIV)
I used to be a finger pointer when it came to reading the Bible. It seemed like every second verse I read got me thinking about someone I knew and how much they needed to change. As I grew in faith, however, I realized it wasn’t so much about others as it was about me.
What could I do for the Lord? What was God asking of me?
Elders are to be blameless and faithful and holding true to God’s Word. Why? Because our words are empty if we’re not living by them.
Paul tells Titus to instruct older women to be reverend and sober before they set out to instruct the young women.
“Then they can urge the younger women…” he writes. (2:4)
A good leader forges a path by walking in godliness and truth. And what does she do that stands out from the crowd? She leads the way, by living that way.
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Read Titus Chapter 2.
In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. (Titus 2:7-8, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
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