Sunday Stillness – How to be an effective Overseer
This week’s Scripture is Titus 1:7a. Using the SIMPLE method I will once again try to see where God leads me. Of course, I start with a prayer for God to open the Scripture to me.
S – Say the passage aloud.
Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness (Titus 1:7a, NIV)
I – Identify the characters, the setting, and the circumstances surrounding this passage.
I looked up overseer and it said he was one who looked over the flock. Both Elders and Overseers need maturity and experience.
This sounds impressive. Once again the word, “blameless” is used.
I looked up the passage in The Message and “overbearing” translates as “pushy”.
M- Make a list of the thoughts, questions and ideas.
Am I overbearing? – sometimes. I get all worked up and sometimes I want something so badly I push it. There seems to be a fine line between being excited and visionary – and pushy. And my anger? Finally I think I can say that I have learned to get a handle on it.
P – Pray again for God’s guidance.
L- Life – How can I apply what I have been studying to my life?
Rethinking the overbearing and the anger issue – Ed Hird reminds me:
Rather than examine ourselves, anger always blames someone else (Restoring Health, page 36).
We see this in marriages, where thoughtless words are tossed out – and are then unrecoverable.
Thoughtless outbursts of anger are like toxic rain to marriages and family… A quick-tempered Christian is ‘out of control’ (Restoring Health, .ibid).
E – Exit the passage with a prayer for God to help you.
Thank you, Lord, for reminding me to watch my tongue and be slow to react. Thank you that we never used alcohol to try to solve our problems. May I learn to walk blameless, not be pushy or quick tempered. Instead may I look to You for the answers and please continue to grow me closer to You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.
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