Titus 1 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“For an overseer, as God’s manager, must be blameless, not arrogant, not quick tempered, not addicted to wine, not a bully, not greedy for money, but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, righteous, holy, self controlled, holding to the faithful message as taught, so that he will be able both to encourage with sound teaching and to refute those who contradict it.” Titus 1: 7-9
Several years ago, I committed myself to read a chapter of the Bible each day. The text seemed awkward & obscure at first. I wondered how much of the Bible was really applicable to my life. I would begin with this prayer: “L_rd, give me something today and someone to share it with.” While the reading was laborious at times, G_d was faithful to answer that prayer. He gave me something relevant each day, and He began leading people into my life who were asking spiritual questions that corresponded to the truth G_d was revealing to me.
Over time, I came a point when I could add some Biblical truth to almost every conversation. I began ministering to people by virtue of the cache of Biblical truth being stockpiled daily in my heart.
“But sanctify the Lord G_d in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” 1 Peter 3:15
When we study the Bible, we are sowing the seeds of readiness. We are preparing to give reason for the hope that is in us. By preparing in such a way, we become active participants in spiritual battle. It is obvious that we are in a state of spiritual war, and in a sense, we are both the soldiers as well as the battlefields. We are the “land” that G_d and Satan both long to possess. The difference between spiritual warfare and all other warfare is that the “battlefield” gets the right to choose who will possess it.
When we choose to follow Yeshua, He gives us the gift of His Ruach (Spirit), Who exposes the truth of G_d’s Word. A great tragedy of the greater “body of Messiah” is that we have the potential to know deep mysteries of Scripture, yet so few believers realize it. Not only do they forsake their calling to share the hope of the gospel, they also deny themselves the source of vital optimism, which is needed to get through life.
Biblical knowledge bears interest by building your faith. Before you become intimate with G_d’s Word, your faith is shallow. When we gain knowledge of G_d’s Word, we begin viewing life through the lens of the Bible. Instead of seeing only pain and despair, we learn to live in hope, even through seemingly hopeless situations.
As you develop a Biblical world-view, you begin trusting G_d’s plan more than the World’s. This is exactly the state that G_d wants spiritual leaders to be operating in and that we all should strive for. We should be moving from being overseen by spiritual shepherds, to being overseers, ourselves. You don’t have to be a “Minister” to minister.
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Wednesday, November 6, 2013