Today you should read: Titus 1:1-4
We enter a fun new book today. The letter was written by Paul to Titus. Paul apparently had led Titus to Christ, and had taken Titus with him on a missionary journey to the island of Crete and left Him there for a specific reason. Paul wrote to give him some instructions for leading the church and “setting it in order” (vs. 5). Some corrupt things had become present in the church, along with some false teachings and presumptions. Overseers needed to be appointed in the various cities where the church existed. Maybe the church had never fully been organized at this point.
Let’s take a brief look at 1:1-4. Paul starts this letter with an introduction of who he is in Christ and the reason why he is writing. Paul labels himself as a bond-servant of the Lord in the first part of verse 1. A bond-servant is not a hired servant, but one who voluntarily chooses to be a slave for someone. Paul is a volunteer servant of the Lord who, through the power of the Holy Spirit, has committed himself to a life of surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ to do whatever He asks.
The next part of verse 1 and verses 2-3 begins the explanation of why Paul wrote to Titus. He wrote for the sake of the faith of those chosen of God and their knowledge of the truth. We’ll see in this book that he had a heart to protect the church, as well as a heart for believers to be grounded in their faith since there were false teachers amongst them.
In verse 4 Paul calls Titus his true child in a common faith. The language here seems to indicate that Titus converted to following Christ as a result of Paul’s ministry. Titus is Paul’s spiritual son because he led him to the Lord. Titus was serving in a pastoral role in Crete and Paul is about to give him instructions as to how to organize and lead the church.
As a point of application for myself and maybe you as well, look again at the first line of verse 1. Paul labeled himself as a bond-servant of God. Every time I see that label, it challenges me.
OK, honesty time. I cannot always label myself as one who serves God voluntarily out of love. In fact, sometimes, I approach my time in the Word as a burdensome duty or something I need to check off my list. Sometimes, I serve because I feel like I need to keep God happy with me. Sometimes, I would rather serve myself than Him. So, an application question I must ask is, “Am I a bond-servant of Christ right now, like in this very moment? I want to be. I hope you do as well.
I hope you will engage this book with us.
Posted by: Rich Duffield