Titus 1; Jeremiah 13-14; Psalm 125
Church leaders have a huge responsibility. They are to lead the church in obeying and following God. As a result, there are high expectations of a leader. “For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.” (Titus1:7-9) There are many qualities that are expected here. Let’s first realize that no one will be perfect. If they could be, Jesus wouldn’t have needed to die on the cross. That being said, those expectations should be a pretty good description of a church leader. Truthfully, God has called all of us to be leaders of a sort in the church. These admonitions should hold true for each individual follower of Christ as we seek to live in a world that often glorifies opposite traits. We need to have our lives under the control of God so that we can share His love in this world today. Let’s examine our lives and bring them before God. What qualities of a leader do we already show to our world. How does God need to work in us in some of the other areas. The key is that we need to recognize God’s call to a lifestyle that honors and glorifies Him. No one does it perfectly. We can all grow into His image.
Lord, that list convicts me of how far I have to go as one of Your followers. Please be patient with me. Strengthen the qualities I already exhibit and help me grow into those qualities I need to show to others. Lord, even in my failures, help me to grow.