A Bold Declaration and Bodily Display of Truth
INTRODUCTION: Henry Ironside said, ''Man will forgive a preacher if he is not eloquent or highly cultured; they will forgive him if he lacks in personal attractiveness, or even in wisdom; but they will never forgive him if he is insincere. He who handles holy things must himself live in the power of them.'' W.W. Wiersbe said, ''A preacher preaches best by his life.''
Titus was a beloved disciple of the Apostle Paul. He had served with him on both his second and third missionary journeys. Paul referred to Titus as ''a true son in our common faith'' (1:4). After ministering with Paul on the Island of Crete, he was left behind to continue and strengthen the work. Crete, one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, was to be Titus' ministry, where he would lead others by his explanation of truth, as well as his emulation of truth.
One of Titus' main task would be that of developing other spiritual leaders. I read recently where 400 leaders were identified in the Bible. Of the 400 leaders, only 80 finished well; that's 20%. Their characteristics were:
''Now Moses was very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.''
Real humility means I have a lower estimation of my own importance, God and others are of uppermost importance. It's not about me, it's about them. When I focus on myself I invite pride to reside in my soul. When I focus on others I invite humility to be at home in my soul.
Moses was a reluctant leader. He really believed his brother Aaron was better qualified. Yet, God chose Moses to lead because of his humility. A humble heart is the first qualification of a godly leader. Upon this foundation of teachability the Lord develops a life of character. Moses was not the leader he wanted to be, but his humility positioned him to grow into the leader he would become. Moses was distrustful of himself and desperate ...
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