Titus- A Servant of God
Up Close and Personal with the Apostle Paul Series
Doctrine, Wisdom, and Character Round Out Genuine Godliness
Titus 2:1-6 (KJB) But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
When you hear the name Titus perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is a picture a big snarly dog or a Roman Emperor of the same name for those are things you are likely familiar with being associated with that name today. However, in the book Titus found in God’s Word this name refers to an ancient biblical man of whom Paul was inspired of God to pen.
The Apostle Paul was directed to pen this letter to Titus in expressing the need for virtuous or holy living with the necessity of character building to be found among genuinely godly leaders, pastors, and collectively affecting their families, congregations, and the world at large. Godly living does not just apply to biblical times but the character of God portrayed in the lives of His servants is vital throughout all ages.
There is a litany of solid wisdom of God and host of practical applications for godly living found in this book. Though at first glance to a casual reader it might only seem like a laundry list of “do’s and don’ts,” certainly no man could achieve or follow on his own. However, when these teachings are recognized and applied into the life of a man of God who is called of God and willing to pastor, he naturally desires to live an obedient life to the will of God, to serve God in His pulpit, this wisdom couples a willing servant with a pure heart rounds out his identity and qualifications with Christ.
Not only that but in applying this knowledge he can promote good works in himself and affect the lives of others, delivering solid biblical character is life building. Purity, patience, and peculiar living all point to God, especially when a man of God and his members step out of the church house and into this world. This peculiar spiritual identity gives God honor and glory and creates distance from wicked acts perpetuated among of lost hearts.
Speaking of evil hearts, as a pastor teaches his fold to follow God they will naturally depart away from the wickedness at work in this world. This means they will agree with God about the nature of sin and desire to separate from the world. They will impart a just and temperate attitude and be in tune with the will of God. A pastor leads people, like a shepherd leads sheep, into a sheepcote for preservation and protection as darkness falls and wolves and other predators come out to prey. A pastor and his leaders divinely placed in positions of preaching, teaching, and leading corral the sheep into the sheepfold and lead them to walk worthy knowing doctrine, building character, and displaying godliness in the church and as they sojourn in this world.
A pastor his leaders, and associates should live lives beyond reproach for they are constantly on display in this world like a spiritual billboard constantly sending messages for or against the holiness and righteousness of God. No man, however, as he represents Jesus Christ, will have “all his ducks in a row” this side of heaven, for he is “under construction” and God is perfecting him each step of the way. Pastors, teachers, and leaders though are held to a higher standard having been placed in their position directly by the calling of God placed upon their life, not yet made perfect this side of heaven, for leading lost hearts to know and identify with Him.
Essentially the book of Titus introduces pastoring basics to every man called of God who desires God’s holiness to work in his heart, and for effectively preaching and teaching disciplined disciples. Yes, a godly man wishes to reproduce the image of Christ in his own life, in the life of others, promote good works, not only for salvation purposes, but because he himself has been saved by the grace of God. A pastor is a man of God who delights in leading lost hearts to God’s saving mercy and grace. Though the book of Titus foremost gives direction for pastors and leaders, its lessons can be applied in finding men of God with willing hearts to serve in the pulpit, and lessons collectively applied to every regenerated heart at work in this world.
**In the next devotion in this series Up Close and Personal with the Apostle Paul titled – A Slave for Christ we will look at the book of Philemon.
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