The training of Timothy and Titus
Christians are quite serious in believing that when they gather together for worship and work, God is present and sovereign, really present and absolutely sovereign. God creates and guides, God saves and heals, God corrects and blesses, God calls and judges. With such comprehensive and personal leadership from God, what is the place of human leadership?
Quite obviously, it has to be second place. It must not elbow its way to the front, it must not bossily take over. Ego-centered, ego-prominent leadership betrays the Master. The best leadership in spiritual communities formed in the name of Jesus, the Messiah, is inconspicuous, not calling attention to itself but not sacrificing anything in the way of conviction and firmness either.
In Paul’s letter to two young associates–Timothy in Ephesus and Titus in Crete–we see Paul encouraging and guiding the development of just such leadership. What he had learned so thoroughly himself, he was now passing on, and showing them in turn, how to develop a similar leadership in local congregations. This is essential reading because ill-directed and badly formed spiritual leadership causes much damage in souls. Paul in both his life and his letters shows us how to do it right…in the most excellent way…with love…and all for God’s glory and praise.
“The whole point of what we’re urging is simply love–love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God.” 1 Timothy 1, The Message
Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to get it right. Deliver us from evil. Help to run from the temptations to follow the popular and stay focused on You, our Father in Heaven, staying true to Your Word. Help us to do all in the most excellent way, in Your Holy Spirit of love. In Jesus Name, Amen We are second. Always.