“Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.” Titus 1:8
As Paul opens his letter to Titus, he gives some instructions for a person who is an over-seer. An over-seer is the pastor or lead elder of the church. He starts with some things that he should not be, then in this verse gives some things he should be. Although he is talking about the over-seer, these very same things can be applied to every believer.
Five things are listed that one should be. The first is being hospitable. This is being open to allowing people to come and see you. You have an open door on your house for visitors. Do you shun people coming over? Or do you welcome them with open arms?
Next is loving what is good. There are many things in this world, and not all of them are good. By good, it means: does it glorify God; or bring you and others closer to God; does it make you more like Jesus? Or do these things pull you away from God?
Next is self-controlled. Are you controlling what you say, think, and do? No one can make you do anything you do not want to do in your heart. Do not allow others to control you.
Then being upright. This is living your life for God. When someone looks at your life what will they see? Is there corruption, deception, and sin? Or is it Jesus? Are you a person of your word?
Next is holy. Are you living as Jesus would? Are you staying away from sin in every form? If God looks at your life what does He see?
Finally is being disciplined. This comes alongside self-control. Do you hold yourself accountable for your actions? Do you keep yourself from falling into sinful ways? Beat your old sinful self down and live for Jesus.
These are a few ways that every believer should be living. This would bring honor to God and lift up the name of Jesus. Not every believer is living like this, which brings dishonor to Jesus and all believers.
How are you living your life today?
I pray today that you will examine your life to see how you live for Jesus; that God will reveal areas that you need to improve on; that you will bring honor to the name of Jesus by how you live; and that God will use you to touch the lives of others.