You Can Lead Well - Day 2
Dear Father, please show me how to walk in your way. I want to be all-in for your purpose, a humble servant ready and willing. Amen.
Read: Titus 1:6-9
“…if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, 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 sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.” (English Standard Version)
Recently, a video was posted to social media of a church pastor (in another city) who, in essence, put himself on the same plain as the apostle Paul. He referred to Paul’s New Testament writings in which he presented the new way of Jesus that took the place of Old Testament laws…then he proceeded to say he (the pastor) was now going to do the same thing with New Testament writings…bringing them current with society today. Over the course of an hour, he discredited not only the Old Testament (going back over and over old law) but also the New Testament…all in the name of being progressive.
It was the reflection of a man who considers himself upright, holy (as he shared in his talk) but who is focused more on being relevant to today’s church (tickling their ears with approval and inclusiveness). It was the opposite of the instructions Paul gave to Titus in choosing elders…above reproach, holding firm to the trustworthy word as taught, sound doctrine, rebuking those who contradict it. It was a reminder that as leaders, we will be held accountable for the things we say and do.
There is a high bar for those in leadership, and a reckoning will be given one day for the way in which we lead. The day-to-day way in which we conduct our lives and the way we speak is important. Many are looking for us to fail and falter, discrediting the One we serve. This list from Titus is a reminder that we have to be focused in every aspect of our lives, bringing honor instead of shame to the King. Today, be above reproach, a lover of good, self-controlled, disciplined, holding firm to the inspired Word of God.
Lord, I thank you for your overwhelming goodness to me. I ask that you take my leadership and make me into the one you want. Help me to walk in an upright and honorable way, pointing people to you by my actions and words. Amen.