Text: Titus 1:6-9
Theme: Qualifications for elders, whom Paul represented well
Key verses: “An elder must be blameless…” (v. 6a). “Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless…” (v. 7a). “…he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it” (v. 9).
What God said to me: Dwayne, you’ve missed several of our appointments. I realize you’ve been busy. In fact, I knew not to expect you on a few occasions lately. Good to have you back this morning, albeit a bit later than we had agreed. Paul knew something about being an elder. He had the lifestyle and godly walk to back up his expectations and list of elder qualifiations. What about you? Is your life blameless? If someone were to discover every hidden closet of your life, would you still qualify for elder status? I know the answer to that pointed question, but do you? I’ve called you to be an example to many believers–both inside your local church and outside to thousands more. You are a leader of leaders, Dwayne. Don’t take that for granted. Unto whom much is given, much shall be required. Live above reproach each and every day. Clean out your closets and act like the elder I expect you to be.
What I said to God: Lord, I so hoped I could skirt by this passage and only make commentary on its meaning for those with the title of elder. Instead You, in Your infinite mercy and consistent holiness, have called me out and made this intimately personal and applicable to me. I may not have the title of elder in my church, but I am a senior leader and as “worship pastor” I must have the same qualifications as official elders. Father, I confess my sins and I claim Your forgiveness. I choose today to put away childish things and take on the position of elder–by Your grace and power.
Text: Titus 1:6-9