“He must welcome people, be helpful, wise, fair, reverent, have a good grip on himself, and have a good grip on the Message…” Titus 1:8 (The Message Bible)
I begin today (my 365th blog) with a multiple-choice question: From the qualifications listed above in Titus, who would be applying for such a job?
[ ] A. A traffic policeman
[ ] B. A candidate running for any office
[ ] C. A pastor or minister
[ ] D. A handyman
[ ] E. All of the above
If you checked “E”—All of the above, then we agree. The characteristics listed in Titus for a good spiritual leader also applies to most jobs in which an employee works with people. In the secular world, the words “have a good grip on the Message” would need to be changed to “have a good grip on what you believe to be moral and of high integrity.”
In Paul’s message in Titus, he was referring to “C” – a pastor or minister. Before Paul gave this list of healthy characteristics for someone being called to serve God, he told the people of Titus they should be careful to avoid picking someone who is pushy, short-tempered, drunk, a bully, or money-hungry. Unfortunately, pastors are human, too, and experience some of these faults—just like you or me. Be sure to keep your pastors, co-workers, politicians, civil servants, and yourself in your prayers.
Dear Lord, help us find the way to live a life of integrity. Amen.