Tag Archives: responsibility

Please Them Well – Not Answering Again

Please-AnswerExhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;  –  Titus 1:9

Everyone has responsibility to be obedient to another. This is to emphasize that all need to be accountable to another. It is a fundamental to healthy social order. To think otherwise is to be rebellious and lawless in character. It is deviation from rectitude or what is right.

This post expresses two ways to show obedience.  One is to please them well in all things. Another way to say this is, that we should understand our responsibilities and to carry them out in a fit manner which is good. Are we expressing an agreeable attitude and manner. The intent of this that we show this character in all things. We do not pick and choose the occasion which fits our fancy.

The second is to learn how to do things according to that which is the instruction of the master. Everyone has their own opinion about how things are done. But the opinion of the master is the one which matters. We have no business constantly disputing and refusing the instructions given to us. Even in employment of skilled laborers, some employers will take a new person off the street to train for a task rather than to have to overcome the belligerence of one who “already knows how to do it.” Does this not speak to learning how to follow instructions?

#master #obedience #employment #responsibility #rectitude #rebellious #attitude #instructions

That Aged Men Should Be Grave

Aged Men, be Grave

 That the aged men be sober, grave,   – Titus 2:2

Aged men have real responsibility. They need to be grave. The time for youthful play and foolishness is over. They need to be doing things which are worthy of honor and respect; as a venerable magistrate or a venerable parent. Their ways should be regardable with awe and treated with reverence. If we are to build character, they must do things which are worthy of esteem due and build high estimation by their words or actions in the eyes of those around them. Society needs to build  high expectation of others through the usage of the term honorable, as was often used regarding honorable judges, congressmen, legislators, and other people of public office. If they failed to live to such expectations, they were turned out of office. The Bible applies this expectation of being grave men to all aged men.

#grave #responsibility #honor #respect #venerable #reverence #character #esteem

No Striker

No Striker

“For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker,..”  –  Titus 1:7

A striker is one inclined to smite someone. A striker is one who strikes out against another. He is pugnacious. He is quarrelsome. An inclination to display this character violates the principle of Christian Leadership.

To Smite:

“To strike; to throw, drive or force against, as the fist or hand, a stone or a weapon; to reach with a blow or a weapon; as, to smite one with the fist; to smite with a rod or with a stone.

To kill; to destroy the life of by beating or by weapons of any kind; as, to smite one with the sword, or with an arrow or other engine. David smote Goliath with a sling and a stone. The Philistines were often smitten with great slaughter. [This word, like slay, usually or always signification, that of beating, striking, the primitive mode of killing. We never apply it to the destruction of life by poison, by accident or by legal execution.]”

– Webster

For one to practice being a striker violates the concept of stewardship and its responsibilities. It also violates ones responsibilities of being Spirit filled and led. (Galatians 5:13-16 and following verses)

#strike #smite #quarrelsome #fist #slay #beating #responsibility #Spirit #leadership

The Steward of God

StewardofGod

“For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God;”  – Titus 1:7

This is an important standard for Christian Leadership. A steward is an overseer of something. In this case it is the church. He is the physical agent of its treasure, born again believers assembled. He is the manager of the affairs of the church. In this case he is the one who oversees the family of God with regard to what is available to eat and that they receive sufficient for their health. In this case he helps manage that they eat and what they eat regarding the Word of God. It is the Word of God which is to be their nourishment. For this reason his activity of stewardship is related to his duty of preaching the the gospel.

If one is a steward over a farm, he is responsible that the animals do not wander away and get into danger. He is to manage watchful care over their health and well being. If he is a steward of a house, he is responsible for its management and upkeep.

Blameless is also defined here by the word “as.” This is a comparative term which brings the bar of quality to the level of holiness. God is the standard and also clearly implied as being the employer. God is the one to whom responsibility is required. The standard is absolute. The level and manner of accountability is specific. Any activity of stewardship is supervised by God.

#stewardship # church #holiness #Word #responsibility #accountability #absolute #blameless

Will Distortions of Ungodliness Be Seen In You?

Proverbs 15 begins with a description of the use of the tongue.

When people go about their business of holy living, others can be offended by the lack of wickedness in your life style. You do not participate in their form of twisted humor. You do not laugh at their stories because of the content. You do not back up their distortions of truth.

When they display anger at you in their response, “A soft answer turneth away wrath:.” This is a proper use of the tongue. But if you reply with “grievous words” you will stir up anger. Watch the response of those with whom you speak. Their response will help you evaluate if you have made proper use of your tongue. Have you used knowledge aright?

The mouth of the fool pours out foolishness. Their response is perverse. It turns away from truth or responsibility in some way. It will handle truth in a light hearted and insincere way as though it really does not matter.

You may say in your heart, it does not really matter. No one will see! But “the eyes of the LORD are in every place beholding the evil and the good.”

You call yourself holy? If you really are, you will be concerned about your tongue and its use. “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach of the spirit.”

Ignoring the Admonitions of God!

God is one who not only created this world and all that is in it, but He designed patterns and ways by which the occupants – you and me – may find purpose, blessing, fulfillment, occupation, and peace.

Now has come a time when so much seems to be in turmoil. We have wars, economic collapse, earthquakes, storms and heat, unemployment, fears, family turmoil,…  It just seems to keep coming. To the general public there seems to come the question, “Why us?”

Proverbs 1:25  “But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:”

In all the communities I have seen, there is a rejection of God’s ways which seems to have no end. Even for those who show a superficial show of religion, the seriousness of really believing God is at a low ebb.

How many people can you point out who seriously understand that they should totally depend upon God for their daily living? How many show that they are in total subjection to their Creator? How many spend real time in reading their Bible regularly with the intent that they will conform their lives to what they learn? How many go to church to humble their hearts in the true thankfulness of worship of the Lord God Almighty? How many consult about the pleasure of God before entering into new activities or seek knowledge that the activities they now participate in are in total conformity to the will of God?

Is it any wonder then that God’s response is:

“I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;  When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.  Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:   For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:   They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.   Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.” (Proverbs 1:26 – 31)

Could it not be that even when they acknowledge the Lord, that they do it not in sincerity of repentance but rather with an expectation of “deserving relief”? Could it be that they still care not to fall in subjection to His will but would rather remain in the liberty of their own wicked devices? They know not from where real liberty comes because they are ignorant of the Word of God (most likely by their own choice and/or neglect).

Oh, they are likely to be most quick to blame God! But who is there that will take responsibility for their own waywardness and return to the Lord for the real sustenance of their need?

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Campus Pastor Stephen Haasch