Have you ever felt like the job is overwhelming that God has given you to do? Imagine being Titus receiving the instructions to set in order the remaining things on the island of Crete in the first century. This was not a small task for there were over 100 churches at the time of Titus. Not only was he bring order out chaos but he had to appoint elders in each of those churches! And we think our lives are full our tasks are overwhelming! Put yourself in Titus’ shoes. Where do you begin? Thankfully, Paul left him not only with the instructions but the guidelines by which to do the job.
The first task was to be observant and discerning about the men he was to select to bring this order to bear. The author of Hebrews reminds us that one of the character qualities of he who is mature is the ability to discern between what is true and evil. Titus was to appoint elders or overseers and two times Paul said they must be blameless. That word in the original language means basically that he is a man of such integrity that no one can accuse him of anything wrong. And if we look ahead to chapter 2 we find that Titus was to be the example before them: “show yourself to be an example of good works in every way. In your teaching show integrity, dignity,” The word blameless is the same as the word integrity. No one can call you down; your walk is the same as your talk and that is why Paul said he Titus was his “genuine son in the faith.”
Just as Paul left Titus with guidelines, so God has left us those same guidelines. Read through vs 5-9 and see how many of those qualities are yours.
Titus was the man for the job; are you?