Being and Becoming Men and Women of God
BEING of good character, full of integrity, is doing the right thing even when no one is watching. I know you have read or heard this quote many times. We might add to that quote, with a heart full of love for God with motivation to be and do the right thing because we want to please HIM! Paul speaks of Titus as that kind of man. Like, David, Titus is praised as a man after God’s heart. Do we thank God for these people as much as we should? Are WE thought of as persons of integrity like Titus? With complete devotion to God? This is a good read…with a repentant heart longing to please God for all the right reasons.
2 Corinthians 8, The Message
I thank God for giving Titus the same devoted concern for you that I have. He was most considerate of how we felt, but his eagerness to go to you and help out with this relief offering is his own idea. We’re sending a companion along with him, someone very popular in the churches for his preaching of the Message. But there’s far more to him than popularity. He’s rock-solid trustworthy. The churches handpicked him to go with us as we travel about doing this work of sharing God’s gifts to honor God as well as we can, taking every precaution against scandal.
20-22 We don’t want anyone suspecting us of taking one penny of this money for ourselves. We’re being as careful in our reputation with the public as in our reputation with God. That’s why we’re sending another trusted friend along. He’s proved his dependability many times over, and carries on as energetically as the day he started. He’s heard much about you, and liked what he’s heard—so much so that he can’t wait to get there.
23-24 I don’t need to say anything further about Titus. We’ve been close associates in this work of serving you for a long time. The brothers who travel with him are delegates from churches, a real credit to Christ. Show them what you’re made of, the love I’ve been talking up in the churches. Let them see it for themselves!
Character Traits of Titus:
–Devoted concern for others
–Motivated to passionately give of his time for others
–Considerate of others’ feelings
–Solid in his faith
–A person you can rely on and trust
–Well thought of by the church
–Avoids scandal by being with others of integrity
–Passionate to be with other believers
–“A real credit to Christ”
I want to be a Titus! How about you? May we meditate and evaluate all day long and ask God to transform us to be and do all that is pleasing to Him. Focusing on the One who loves us most, who set the perfect example, and who laid down His life for us is key to being and becoming a man and woman of God.
Dear Heavenly Father, When we ask, “what is your will for us”, you readily give us another example through the life journey of Titus and others. Your will for us is plain. Your purposed plan for us is clear. Day by day, continue to work on us so that we will be and become more like You, Thank you, Lord. I love you with all my heart, mind and soul. I’m Yours.
In Jesus Name, Amen