1 I, Paul, am writing this letter. I serve God, and I am an apostle of Jesus Christ. God sent me to help his chosen people believe in Christ more and more. God sent me to help them understand even more the truth that leads to godly living. 2 That belief and understanding lead to the hope of eternal life. Before time began, God promised to give that life. And he does not lie. 3 Now, at just the right time, he has made his promise clear. He did this through the preaching that he trusted me with. God our Savior has commanded all these things. 4 Titus, I am sending you this letter. You are my true son in the faith we share. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace.
Core to Paul’s sense of purpose and mission from God are two key statements here: firstly, “to further the faith” of God’s people, and secondly, to “further their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness.” As God’s servant, this was Paul’s purpose, this was Paul’s mission in life.
Some of this is probably unique to being an Apostle to the church at large. But really, we’re all called to disciple someone, or more than one. So it applies to me and all of God’s people just as easily.
For me, the charge is to work to further the faith of others and help make the truth of God’s word clear and meaningful to others such that they understand it and live it.
Do I live to further the faith of others, or am I somewhat selfishly or simply out of desperation just furthering my own faith? Do I love to unpack God’s truth in a way that makes it understandable, applicable, and empowering to others?
In the end, Paul lived his life as a model disciple maker. I would do well to heed purpose statements like these in Titus and make them my own for sake of Jesus!
Help me do so, from this day forward Lord, amen.
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh