… God’s steward
Must be blameless
… not arrogant or quick-tempered
or addicted to wine
or greedy for gain
but … hospitable
a lover of goodness
and self-controlled ….
Have a firm grasp of the word …
able both to preach with sound doctrine
and to refute those who contradict it. …
For the grace of God has appeared
Bringing salvation to all
Training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions
And in the present age
To live lives that are
While we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation
Of the glory of our great God and Savior
He it is who gave himself for us
That he might redeem us from all iniquity
And purify for himself a people of his own
Who are zealous for good deeds.
Declare these things
Exhort and reprove with all authority.
Let no one look down on you.
– Titus 2:7-9, 11-15
No matter who wrote the pastoral letter to Titus, it is clear that they were pressing on Titus the absolute need for the servants of Yeshua to be a shining example in their communities of how a servant of God differs from debauched pagan lives and rituals.
God calls for a life of marked contrast to the world around us. His ways and methods are not those of the world – and neither should ours be.
The Lord is coming!