Daily Devotional Monday 1st March 2021

by William Moody

Titus 1

Greeting

1:1 Paul, a servant1 of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began2 and at the proper time manifested in his word3 through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior;

To Titus, my true child in a common faith:

Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Qualifications for Elders

This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you—if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife,4 and his children are believers5 and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer,6 as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound7 doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party.8 11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 One of the Cretans,9 a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”10 13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.

Footnotes

[1] 1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
[2] 1:2 Greek before times eternal
[3] 1:3 Or manifested his word
[4] 1:6 Or a man of one woman
[5] 1:6 Or are faithful
[6] 1:7 Or bishop; Greek episkopos
[7] 1:9 Or healthy; also verse 13
[8] 1:10 Or especially those of the circumcision
[9] 1:12 Greek One of them
[10] 1:12 Probably from Epimenides of Crete

(ESV)

Paul writes to Titus who he has left on the island of Crete to help organise the church there with teaching and the appointing of elders (v5).

Paul highlights the important qualities which elders must have. They must be ‘above reproach’(v6) which means not that they are perfect but that as they live they have such integrity people cannot point the finger at them.

This is particularly true for the elder in his family life in how he behaves as a husband and a father (v6). If he is going to be a good leader in the church then he must be a good leader at home. One of the greatest challenges for all believers is how we conduct ourselves at home. Pray about your home life in how you relate to those around you. Pray for all believers in your church and especially elders in how they act as spouses and parents.

The call for elders (overseers) to be above reproach continues as Paul reminds how he is God’s steward (v7). He is acting on behalf of God and therefore it would be so wrong for him to be arrogant, quick-tempered, a drunkard, violent or greedy. Pray about which of these sins you struggle with. Maybe your addiction is not to alcohol but something else.

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