Titus is a small book in the New Testament that we do not hear about too much. It is a short, informative and powerful book written by Paul to Titus, a faithful disciple, a missionary, and the first pastor on the island of Crete.
“For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain. One of them, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” (Titus 1:10-12)
Paul addressed the challenges Titus faced as a young pastor, an overseer of the churches on the island.
“They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.” (Titus 1:16)
There were many rebellious people who engaged in useless talk and deceived others. This was especially true of those who insisted on circumcision for salvation. They had to be silenced because they were turning whole families away from the truth by their false teaching. And on top of it all, they were doing it only for money.
“One of them, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”” (Titus 1:12)
Those people claimed they knew God, but they denied Him by the way they lived. They were disobedient for not doing good.
It sounds just like life today.
Titus was spiritually and emotionally strong. He must have been proven, noble, and one who loved God and led a Christ-like life. Titus had to have quite the testimony for Paul to trust him to take on such a task! Titus was a man of Godly character and loved his fellow man.
How else could anyone take on such an assignment and not only embrace it but be successful with it?
Through God is the only way that we can stay strong in our challenges of life and successfully fulfill God’s task that we are divinely assigned to do. Paul counseled Titus to take on this missionary effort:
The grace of God has been shown, bringing salvation to all people, and we are instructed to turn from godless living and sin. We should live in the world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God. Jesus gave His life so that we could be freed from sin, to redeem us, and to make us His own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.
“who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:14)
Paul gave Titus good counsel to tell to the people of Crete. And, what great counsel for each of us to live by today! We never know who is ready to hear the Good News of the Bible. Thank God that someone loved us enough to take the time to share the Gospel with us!
Are you excited to share the Gospel with the eagerness, fervor, and love that Paul gave Titus?