Tell And Show

Tell And Show

30 June 2010

Today’s Reading: Amos 7-9; Psalm 104; Titus 2


1 Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine. 7 But mostly, show them all this by doing it yourself, incorruptible in your teaching, 8 your words solid and sane. Then anyone who is dead set against us, when he finds nothing weird or misguided, might eventually come around. (Titus 2:1, 7-8 MSG)

Paul commissioned Titus to be the pastor of the newly established church on the island of Crete. Paul’s instruction to Titus about how to establish a healthy church and raise up mature Christians is very much about the practical, every day side of life.

They didn’t have the New Testament yet to base their teaching and practices on. They didn’t have denominational headquarters to ensure compliance with policies and procedures. They didn’t know what came next in terms of development and growth, nor did Paul know how much time he had left to teach and train leaders.

What they did know is the importance of establishing solid teaching that was strong on practical application and would lead to living Godly lives. Paul tells Titus to teach people to live disciplined, responsible lives, but mostly to demonstrate his practical teaching in his own life.

That was Titus’ job:
• Keep it Simple – Talk about the things that make for a disciplined and responsible life.
• Tell and Show – Live the example of the application of teaching to everyday life.
• Solid and Sane – Nothing fancy, nothing weird. Doctrine and teaching that leads to a strong church and spiritually healthy people.

We have a lot more resources to work with than Titus had all those years ago in the island nation of Crete, but we still need solid teaching that is strong on practical application and leads to living Godly lives. And we still need pastors and teachers who will live what they teach and practice what they preach!


Father, I commit myself to live what I teach. I purpose to concentrate my teaching on the things that contribute to living responsibly and well. I ask for your help to live what I teach, a solid and sane life.

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