January 12, 2020
“An Order of Conduct”
For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you… [Titus 1:5]
There is an order of conduct in the church, and it starts with its leaders [elders, pastors, and overseers] and permeates to the rest of the congregation [by example]. The impact of order comes through the many, not just one. An army of soldiers is greater than any one warrior; but only if there is order. This is what Paul highlights at the onset of this letter, and then describes character qualifications for leaders. Titus is commanded to appoint such leaders “in every city” on the island of Crete.
An illustration that comes to mind is when Jesus fed the 5000. I like to call it the miracle of multiplication because a few morsels of food were multiplied into abundance. One boy’s lunch grew into a feast for thousands. But the interesting thing was that the hands that fed the multitude were the Twelve, not Jesus. Jesus multiplied the fish and the loaves but gave them to His disciples to distribute to the multitude. I don’t know if you’ve ever fed thousands of people at an event. It is not easy, especially when they are hungry. It actually is extremely difficult. It takes a lot of work, patience, and extreme order.
It is similar to serving in ministry today. We must be willing to work hard, to work patiently, and to work orderly.
Now in regard to order, there is a spiritual order and a physical order, and the two go hand-in-hand. Have you ever been on a short term mission’s trip that has gone awry? Know this, that when things physically get out of order, it is usually because things spiritually got out of order prior; that is almost always the case.
Now in regard to orderBut as one Missions Pastor put it, “if we can’t work together at home, how can we expect to work together in the mission’s field.” Spiritual growth is key and it begins at home. We must learn how to work [serve] alongside other brothers and sisters in the Lord, patiently and orderly. These are marks of maturity and leadership., there is a spiritual order and a physical order, and the two go hand-in-hand. Have you ever been on a short term mission’s trip that has gone awry? Know this, that when things physically get out of order, it is usually because things spiritually got out of order prior; that is almost always the case.
It is important to have Spirit-filled and Spirit-led leaders at the helm of our churches as examples. Paul therefore begins this letter by describing the qualifications for leaders [“elders”], and encouraging Titus to appoint such ones to serve alongside him in furthering the Kingdom.
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