October 20, 2011
“It’s important that a church leader, responsible for the affairs in God’s house be looked up to – not push, not short-tempered, not a drunk, not a bully, not money-hungry….”Titus 1:7 (The Message Bible)
I’ve worked with pastors most of my career; many would get down on their knees and ask for forgiveness and strength to continue in ministry when reading the scriptures above and the words that continue in Titus: “… must welcome people, be helpful, wise, fair, reverent, have a good grip on himself, and have a good grip on the Message knowing how to use the truth to either spur people on in knowledge or stop them in their tracks if they oppose it.” (vs. 7-8)
Pastors and church leaders are no different than those they lead—everyone needs to live by the words of Titus, including parents, government employees, teachers in the schools, or in whatever way we serve others–paid or unpaid.
Dear Lord, let me look in the mirror and judge myself before bad-mouthing religious leaders. Amen.