God’s Trustworthy Servants

From Lynda Lindsey

This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you__ __Titus 1:5

He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. Titus 1:9

But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Titus 2:1

Trustworthy household servants in large country estates were necessary for the orderly and efficient maintenance of the landowner’s property. Each servant was charged with specific duties, some overseeing the grounds, gardens, and livestock; others were tasked with inside duties, cooking and serving, lighting and keeping fireplaces stoked, and inventorying wine cellars and valuable household goods. Disorder would result unless each servant efficiently and responsibly carried out his duties. Just so in God’s household, chaos results if responsible leadership is lacking.

As a doctor casts a broken limb to make it straight, responsible, godly leaders confront false teaching, jealousy, and church factions, treating them as “broken limbs,” in need of straightening. God’s overseers establish order by preaching and teaching the truth of God’s entire word; in response, our lives and actions should accord with godliness. Hearing, believing, and acting on godly truth results in godly behavior; our works should demonstrate the faith our mouths profess. We learn God’s word and hold fast to it, passing it pure and whole, from generation to generation of new believers.

Stewards, employed to manage the resources of the lord of the manor and to represent his interests in the world outside the manor’s walls, were expected to be loyal in their master’s service. In like manner, the Lord of all heaven and earth has entrusted His gospel to us; as stewards of God, our every action in the world should bring our Maser honor and glory. Trustworthy servants continue their own spiritual growth while furthering the gospel in the power of the Spirit. God is a worthy Master. Are we loyal servants and stewards?