Last week, I found myself in a debate about leadership. The cause in question was about who the leaders are. Sure, leaders can easily be identified as the ones in charge. That title, of course, does not necessarily make them leaders. It might simply make them the boss. Today, our assigned reading is Titus 2, but I would encourage you to read all three books of Titus. In them, Paul teaches us about leadership. In addition to outlining the leadership traits we need to develop as Christ-followers, he also identifies who the leaders are. In short, Paul determines that everyone who is a Christ-follower is a leader.
Before we get too far, I would like to share with you a definition of leadership that I have adopted. It comes from the founder of Keller Williams Realty, Gary Keller. He describes a leader as someone who teaches people how to think so that they can get what they want when they want it. It’s that first part, that I have come to love. A leader teaches people how to think. Paul breaks this down for us in Titus.
First, he encourages us to “promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching.” The ESV translates wholesome teaching as “sound doctrine.” For Christ-followers, there is only one source; the Bible. The foundation of this BibleJournal exercise is built on exactly that. Our core values include the following.
- God’s word is infallible
- God’s word is living, active and transformative (Romans 12:2, Heb 4:12)
- God provided us his word (2 Timothy 3:16)
- The Word reveals who God is and his character
- God’s word is worthy (Phil 4:8)
- The Heart’s joy and delight (Jer 15:16)
- Essential for salvation (1 Peter 1:23)
Second, Paul encourages us to be above reproach. Specifically, he says, “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.” Titus 2:7-8
Finally, and perhaps most important is the reminder that God’s grace makes it possible. Godly leadership is simply not possible on our own. This is a fact that C.S. Lewis understood clearly. In his book Mere Christianity, he explains it perfectly.
the change which I most need to undergo is a change that my own direct, voluntary efforts cannot bring about. And this applies to my good actions too. How many of them were done for the right motive? How many for fear of public opinion, or a desire to show off? How many from a sort of obstinacy or sense of superiority which, in different circumstances, might equally have led to some very bad act? But I cannot, by direct moral effort, give myself new motives. After the first few steps in the Christian life we realise that everything which really needs to be done in our souls can be done only by God.
All Christ-followers are called to leadership. I am blessed beyond measure to be part of this BibleJournal. A team of leaders that are committed to teaching Biblically, living properly and experiencing God’s grace daily through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Godspeed to you all, my brothers and sisters in Christ.
Lewis, C. S.. Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis Signature Classics) (p. 193). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.