Tough standards!

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless–not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 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.
(Titus 1:7-9 (NIV))

Some pretty tough standards if you ask me!

Think about that for a moment. Exactly what makes them so tough to fulfill? At any given time, it is easy to be some of these, and maybe even most of these. So why is it so difficult to be all of them at all times? Another question comes to mind in relation to these standards and that is the question of who do these actually apply to. Just who is an overseer?

Typically, when you think of an overseer, you think of a boss. Some translations actually refer to this position as an elder. Regardless of what the official definition, the idea is that those in authority over someone else must adhere to these standards.

At work. In social organizations. In church – yes, if you teach or lead, these apply.

What about at home? Unless you live alone, your home life also falls under these standards. If you are married, you are entrusted with someone else. If you have children, you are entrusted with someone else.

I hope that you are seeing what I see in this passage and that is that we are all overseers in one respect or another and we should all strive to adhere to these standards.

I know that no one is perfect. I know that it is impossible to be like this, to be like Jesus, in all things. Still, we need to have a desire to be what Jesus is calling us to be. The simple truth is that we can all strive for this model if it is our heart’s desire to be like Jesus. We will fail at times, but we will be known by our desire to be righteous and our heartfelt repentance when we are not.

So, take heart. Even though we do have some pretty tough standards to meet, we also have God’s grace for the times, and they will be frequent, when we do not meet those standards.

Thank you Lord for the grace and mercy that you have given us through the atoning blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ!

Copyright 1998 – 2011 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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