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Since an overseer is entrusted with God's work, he must be
blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to
drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9
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.
instructed Titus that it was essential that spiritual maturity be
evident before people are given leadership roles in Christian
community. Many people claim to know God, but their actions
contradict this claim (v.16). It's not enough for Christians to say
what they believe; they must demonstrate it in the actions of their
Spiritual maturity isn't just for those in
leadership; it is for everyone who follows Jesus. The marks of
maturity listed in these verses are appropriate for anyone who is
growing in Christ. A mature Christian is not overly controlling, slow
to get upset, not prone to excess, not rough or abusive, and not
interested in dishonest gain.
Christians should be
ready to share and quick to welcome others into their home. They
should love what is good, be self-controlled, and lead lives that
are upright and holy. Because they hold firmly to the teachings of
Jesus and the apostles, mature Christians are able to identify and
refute anything contrary to the way of Christ.
Response and Action:
want to grow in Christ. I want my faith to be more than words or
empty claims. I want my life to demonstrate that Jesus' Spirit is
really at work in my life. I will hold firmly to the trustworthy
message of the Scriptures. I will surrender fully to God and take hold
of his grace and power to make me a person who is self-controlled,
disciplined, and wise. I will commit myself to growing in Christ so
that I can discern between what is false and true. I will do my best
to be a person who encourages others.
you for your word, O God. Help me to get a firm grip on the
trustworthy message of Christ so that it might direct and support me.
By the power and grace of your Holy Spirit, lead, teach, transform,
shape and strengthen me, that I might delight in your will and walk
in your ways to the glory of your name. Make my life a praise to you
and an encouragement to others. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Hebrews 5:12-14
...though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to
teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You
need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk,
being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about
righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant
use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Discipleship Essentials: A Guide to Building Your Life in Christ
by Greg Ogden