Our Testimony-Titus 1:7

Titus 1:7 “Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless — not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.

Tito 1:7 “Infatti bisogna che il vescovo sia irreprensibile, come amministratore di Dio; non arrogante, non iracondo, non dedito al vino, non violento, non avido di illeciti guadagni.”

As Jesus gave ministry gifts to the church, leadership gifts also carry a great responsibility. It is true that as the leader goes, so goes the church. Leaders should never think they are so spiritual that they are beyond the temptation to compromise what they know to be the manner of their calling. Hebrews 13:17 refers to leaders and says “They keep watch over you as men who must give an account.” In his travels, Paul had seen all types of leaders; here he gives a simple word that leaders should be blameless. The original word comes from the idea that a leader’s testimony should not be in question. He then proceeds to describe 5 areas where blame could surface: “not overbearing” implying arrogance, “not quick-tempered” meaning don’t be a hothead, “not given to drunkenness” literally translated means not given to wine, “not violent” means not being quarrelsome with others and “not pursuing dishonest gain” means don’t be greedy. One of the dangers is that many times leaders are blind to their own behavior; e.g. I am not arrogant or I am not difficult to get along with. What you say and what people perceive may be two different things.

Certainly, leaders are not perfect and we should pray regularly for our leaders. The reality is that they are “entrusted with God’s work” (v. 7) and when there is failure in a leader, it is a reflection on the reputation of the work. The world finds plenty of ways to criticize God’s work but the behavior of leaders should be above reproach.

Pray with me: Lord, whatever my role is in the work of the Lord, help me not to abuse my testimony through arrogance, anger, lack of discipline, arguments or greediness.

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