Though it is intended as the guideline for someone in overseeing the church, I think this advice to Titus is a good guideline for all Christians.
For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. Titus 1:7-9
Paul does not beat around the bush but dives right in with being blameless.
The word in Greek means “to not be called into account”
There are many things I cannot be called into account for, but it’s the things that I can be called into account for that worry me.
I feel very inadequate at blameless and unworthy to be called such.
The Bible makes it clear that everyone has sinned.
Jesus makes it clear that He forgives sin. Still I don’t feel blameless.
Perhaps it will gain more meaning as the next few words are read – blameless, as a steward of God – not blameless as a sinful transgressor.
A steward took care of the master’s belongings. They did not belong to him, he just managed it, and therefore his best interest was not in his own self-will but in the will of the master.
It’s one thing to be blameless with my stuff and another for me to be blameless for yours.
It’s like taking extra special care to return something of yours that I borrowed. Bringing it back to you in better condition than when I borrowed it.
The church leader is a care-taker of the church. It doesn’t belong to him.
As a Christian, you soon realize that all you have is a blessing from God and doesn’t really belong to you.
Be blameless in your care of God’s things!
Next time a look at self-willed.