- Paul is clear about who He is, what he is for, and where his hope lies
- Paul writes to Titus, who is his child in the faith
- Paul left Titus in Crete (the largest of the Greek islands)
- Titus was to bring order to the church in Crete and appoint elders in every city
- Paul then outlines the character traits and qualifications for elders/overseers
- This list is very similar to the list given in 1 Timothy 3
- Basically elders must be above reproach and have godly character
- Elders must hold fast God’s word so they can exhort in sound doctrine and refute those who contradict
- There are rebellious and deceptive men in Crete
- Some are of the circumcision, pay attention to Jewish myths or the commandments of men
- A prophet rightly described Cretans as “always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons”
- Paul instructs Timothy to reprove these men severely so they may be sound in faith
- For their minds and their conscience are defiled
- These men claim to know God and yet they are detestable, disobedient, and worthless for any good deed.
- Paul entrusts important work to his children in the faith. Who are my children in the faith and what should I be entrusting to them?
- Paul is clear that his hope is in eternal life. Too often I place my hope in people or circumstances. I need to place my hope in God and His promises alone.
- My life and conduct should be above reproach, as God’s steward. I specifically want to be less self-willed and more God-willed.
- We are to reprove strongly those who claim to know God yet act contrary to that knowledge. That can be hard to do. I should be able to exhort according to sound doctrine and refute those who contradict.
- Praise God for our elders and be praying for our elders.
Lord, You know sometimes I try to do too much myself. Help me to see what I should be entrusting to others and who I should be entrusting those things to. Also, I too often put my hope in people or circumstances. Help my hope to be rooted in You, in eternity and in your promises. Show me when I have put my hope in the wrong things and redirect my heart and mind towards you. Also Lord, I want to live a life that is above reproach where I am hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, not self-willed, holding fast to your word so that I will be able to exhort according to sound doctrine and refute those who contradict. I can’t do any of that without your help. Please help me. Keep refining my character so that I am more and more Christ-like. Convict me of sin and grant me the grace of a deep and true repentance. I pray this not just for myself, but for our staff and elders and for all of Trinity Church. Help us to live lives that are above reproach.
Posted on Mon, July 6, 2015
by Brian Landers