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Titus 1:4 'Our Joint Task' is part 4/5 of The Bible Teacher's Commentary on Titus 1:1-4, 'Called into His Service.' In this article we see how Paul's love made his ministry so effective and caused him to train up other workers so that they could excel in their work. A Bible Study is included at the end.
4 "To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior" (Titus 1:1-4).
Paul defines in Titus 1:4 how the community of God functions. It is not enough to speak about calling and mission. Relationship is very important for it is the place love reveals itself. In life and ministry we should find both the need for others and the investment of our lives into others.
“My true child in a common faith” (Titus 1:4)
As we earlier mentioned, Paul did not see him doing everything. The church is likened to a body. Not everyone is an arm nor a foot. Paul was very determined to fulfill his role as an apostle, but he fully realized that much more was at work. In fact, it is Paul himself that writes so much about the body of Christ and spiritual gifts in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12.
Titus probably was led to the Lord by Paul himself. This is why he probably calls him “my true child in a common faith.” If you lead others to faith, you become spiritual fathers and mothers too. God wants to bear more children into His family through our lives and testimonies. Don’t be scared. He will help you.
I heard recently of one experienced pastor/missionary. He is about to retire and those left behind are scared. This man, godly enough, carried out servant leadership without hesitation. That is good.
He was there opening up, preaching, teaching and even cleaning up. He would welcome people and visit people. He did everything and everyone else watched. When he left, no one had confidence to do anything. This man did not have the right concept of the body of Christ. Christ served but He also sent disciples out.
Look more into the Father-son relationship!
Depending on who it is and what area of life it is, the involvement can greatly differ.
I was recently giving instruction to one son on how to properly recycle garbage so that the flies wouldn’t come around. I was helping another one to tie a shoe. I am helping another by going through training material on how to overcome anxiety.
Many a time, we fail because we set a person to do a certain thing, but we do not provide assistance. We ask them to teach Sunday School or count money or visit someone, but we do not provide the necessary details. I have failed in this myself, but have learned, through parenting many children, that good training also means not only to privilege others by having them participate in tasks, but to specifically identify the tasks and make sure that they know how to do each one.
Training is the way we show we love those around us. It enables us to take what perhaps has taken us many years to learn and pass it on in minutes. Titus might have been a bit fearful, but he had some one there that would make him a success. Paul in this way exemplified Christ and His way of working in us that we might succeed.
Our personal calling, our corporate mission and our joint task. No Christian should be off wandering by himself. Yes, we are individuals, and we have our wills. But as a Christian, we belong to God. We are not our own. We have been bought with a price. The Lord’s mission becomes our mission. His work becomes our work. We have our own jobs and lives, but His mission shapes all that we do.
We cannot succeed by ourselves. We are to succeed with others. Everyone is important, and so we involve our time and resources investing ourselves in the lives of others.
In this way, they grow quicker and end up in many cases doing a job better than ourselves. It is a shame that so few Christians have been discipled. Let not that curse be upon our church.