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Character Counts …

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A friend of mine told me the other day that he was going to be leading a Bible study that night and they were going to discuss the book of Titus.  I replied “Titus?  It’s not very often that you hear that book referred to during sermons, etc.”

Later that week, I got to thinking that I really didn’t know that much about Titus, other than it comes before Philemon in the Bible.  So I set out to discover just what was in that book.

Did you know that it’s only three chapters long?  But for being so short, it basically gives us the guidelines on how to live our lives! 

Did you catch the recent episode of Undercover Boss, in which one of the members of the Rickett’s family went undercover at their newly acquired Cubs’ organization?  The youngest sibling, Todd, worked with a man cleaning the bathrooms, worked with the ground crew, parking lot attendants and lastly, worked with a man named Rocco learning how to sell hot dogs.  Each vendor buys a box worth of food from the main food dispensary and then goes out in the stands to sell the food.  Well Todd, when he saw that he wasn’t going to sell his whole box of hot dogs before Rocco checked back in with him, threw the unused hot dogs in the garbage and put his own money in his bag of sales money.  Rocco called him on it later and Todd lied and said that he wasn’t the one who threw away the hot dogs. (In Todd’s thinking, it didn’t matter where the money came from, just as long as the sales totals equalled hot dogs sold.)  Eventually, when Todd met with Rocco and told him who he really was, he did confess to throwing away the hot dogs.  

Maybe some won’t see the problem in this, but it didn’t give me a “warm fuzzy” about Todd.  I thought the whole incident was an insight to his (lack of) character. 

Titus is written by Paul, and he pretty well lays out how we should live our lives in order to be church leaders.  But his list of “qualifications” could also be a guide on how to live our daily lives.  Paul says an elder should “be well-thought of for his good life.  He must be faithful to his wife and his children must be believers who are not wild or rebellious.  He should live a blameless life because he is God’s minister.  He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent or greedy for money.  He must enjoy having guests in his home and must love all that is good.  He must live wisely and be fair.  He must live a devout and disciplined life.  He must have a strong and steadfast belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with right teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.”  (Titus 6-9)

My message from ” On This Day, God wants you to know” yesterday was this: 

 

“… that well done is always better than well said. Actions are deeper than words, and intentions deeper than actions.” 

  

If you could have seen Rocco’s reaction to his gut-feeling that Todd had lied to him, you would realize that our actions, no matter how small, have an impact on people.  It may not be the scripture we quote, or the Biblical knowledge we think we have that may make us “fishers of men,” but our actions.  Can people see “Christ” in you?  Can they tell who defines your character?

 

 

 

 

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