Timothy and Titus Training 101
I spent many years trying to “Go MAD”, as Ron Hutchcraft, a passionate youth worker/speaker extraordinaire, taught us. He meant “Go, Make A Difference” in this world. I brought this message home and tried to teach my own kids who were entering middle school and high school at the time to make a difference. But, now looking back over all those years, this thought goes deeper still. I am adding…BE different. Only then will you make a difference God’s way. BE guided by the Holy Spirit to avoid falling into worldview thinking. Continue to have and to hold, fiercely, a Biblical view in every situation or life circumstance.
We can make a difference…with the motivation to please others so we can get something in return. Worldview. We can make a difference by dressing wildly different just to make a statement and/or draw attention to ourselves. Worldview. We can make a difference in most anything, but it must come from an inner desire to BE different than we were, before Christ took control and took up residency in our hearts, minds and souls, causing us to think and behave more and more like HIM.
BE different says Paul to Titus. He points out what others with selfish worldview thinking has to offer and counters it with “YOUR job is to speak out on the things that make for SOLID doctrine.” A great leader possesses Biblical sound, unchangeable, solid doctrine that they base their lives on and will noticeably BE a difference from the inside out because of their faith in Jesus.
Titus 2, The Message
1-6 Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine. Guide older men into lives of temperance, dignity, and wisdom, into healthy faith, love, and endurance. Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior. Also, guide the young men to live disciplined lives.
7-8 But mostly, show them all this by doing it yourself, incorruptible in your teaching, your words solid and sane. Then anyone who is dead set against us, when he finds nothing weird or misguided, might eventually come around.
What do we learn?
–Learn God’s Word. Walk God’s Word. BE a difference.
–Our “BEING” from the inside out will make a difference to a world dying to know the Truth.
Dear Heavenly Father, You stop us in our tracks to remind us to BE different and the BE a difference to others trying to find You. Help us go deep in this thought and live better today than yesterday. Help us to discern the constant battle between worldview and Biblical view and lean on your rock solid Word. Help us to BE a difference in this world so others will know You…even when it is hard to stand firm…help us…to stand on Your Word.
In Jesus Name, Amen