“Trouble-Shooting With Titus”
“The Young Men” (2:6-8)
These young men in a like fashion are to show true manliness. Self-controlled, keeping themselves from the many vicious, vices and indulgences, the foolish extravagances that we see amongst youth in general in our modern society. This of course applies also to young Titus v7. For his ministry will carry no weight at all in the community he seeks to serve, if his life does not correspond to this wholesome doctrine. In fact the standard for a pastor is far stricter, much higher, and should be. Once again, this is refreshing teaching in an age when there is so much immaturity and foolishness seen in young men. It is the madness of sin that has gripped them. In Jewish society in biblical times a young male was expected to be of such maturity at the age of twelve, that he was ready to be about his father’s business. Today if you find a twenty year old of such maturity, you have found something unusual. There are exceptions of course, there always are.
How we need to pray for our young men in our congregations. Especially so for those who are potentials for the ministry or actually in training for the ministry. For they will be targets for the devil, no mistake. And woe is them, if they are living by double standards in the moral realm, they are in great danger. Not just in terms of the devil, but God himself. For he may deal with them. But we must always remember when someone falls, we seldom know anything of the costly battles that may have been faced and needed to be fought privately. God alone knows everything.
(© James R Hamilton, written September, 1998)