Titus 1:1

One of the most powerful moments I ever personally witnessed in sports was in a simple pickup basketball game. I watched a young, brash, mouthy point guard get picked apart and humbled by an older, stronger, more polished guard. During one quick break in the action when the younger player (and everyone else who was watching) had realized he was way overmatched, the older guy quietly told him, “I am who you think you are.” While I am not typically a fan of trash-talk, I thought that statement was apt and funny. A certain basketball hierarchy had been firmly established. The roles were crystal clear. 
On the island of Crete, the young man Titus was not being respected by some of the locals. Paul writes this letter to encourage Titus and to establish his credentials to a certain degree. Paul is going to throw his support behind Titus, and he does so initially by stating his own qualifications. 
Paul states that he is directly a servant and one who has been sent by Jesus. His mission was to encourage faith in Jesus in the lives of those whom God has chosen. This will be accomplished by teaching them objective truth-the kind of truth which will cause them to be like Jesus.
This is the sort of clear, precise mission we should have. God has called you to impact the lives of others. Do you have a distinct plan for doing that? Do you consistently help others to be more like Jesus?  If yes, great! If not, that’s ok, but you should be studying and listening to those who are more established. Our culture and technology have combined to give everyone a voice—though this is often good, there are times when we need to listen more and speak less. We should read more and write less. Learn from others; don’t always try to be a teacher.
Titus 1:1  Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness,

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