5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Paul has left his associate Titus in Crete to complete setting up leadership in churches they have established. The list of leadership attributes that Paul details here has since been used throughout church history to establish good solid leaders. We use it here at C3Carlingford for Vision Team members and such.
Pauls’ list of character attributes doesn’t seem to leave a lot of wriggle room and it’s easy to think that we could probably let one of two slide by or perhaps we don’t make the cut at all … but it’s not Pauls’ list, it’s the Holy Spirits list – God’s list for personal and spiritual maturity that He wants for His church.
Actually the bar isn’t so high that these character traits can’t be attained by all of us, not just a select few. If we live our Christians lives in faithfulness, truth, holiness, open to the Holy Spirit’s leading and correction as we grow and mature … it’s a list that should describe each one of us in the church.
Father, thank you that you don’t have goals that aren’t reachable by all of us, that there isn’t just the high and lofty few, but these traits you have given Paul here in this letter are things that we can all live our lives by as they will result in the best life we could live. AMEN
Written by Suzie Hodgson