Recently, I know a lot of us have done one of the following things:
- Moved into a new house.
- Moved into a new church.
- Moved into a new job.
- Moved into a new role.
If you haven’t done one of the previous, you’ve probably done one of these below:
- Returned to the same house.
- Returned to the same church.
- Returned to the same job.
- Returned to the same role.
No matter whether you are moving to something new or returning to something familiar, the calling for all of us, like Titus, is still the same:
“Set in order that which remains.”
At the beginning of Paul’s letter to Titus, Paul writes that he left Titus in Crete so that he would “set in order what remains." But what do we do when setting things in order gets tiring? What do we do if things don’t seem to be changing, or that the work is never ending?
Here are three encouragements to remember when considering this call to set in order what remains:
1) We are not accidents; we are chosen.
When Paul leaves, He tells Titus: “For this reason I left you.”
In each area of your life, you have been chosen by God as a cultivator of your house, your relationships, your children, your studies, your job, or your finances - however each of them look now - to set them into more order than how they began. When Paul had to leave Crete, Paul delegated leadership to Titus to care for Crete, but he didn’t leave him alone. Paul still wrote to Titus to encourage him. When Jesus left, he chose for himself a people to set in order what remained, but Jesus has not left us alone. He sent his Helper, the Spirit, to guide us into all things. We are chosen, and we are not left alone!
2) We are not alone; we are in a chain of delegation.
The Christian life isn’t a cake walk! For this reason, God intended us to be in discipleship relationships, where we are spurred on to love and good works by someone above us, and where we can share what we learn with someone under us.
Our disciplers and those put in authority above us are gifts meant to encourage us! Again, we are not alone in our pursuit of setting things in order. Not only do we have God’s Spirit guiding us, but we have each other, the Body of Christ, spurring us on along the way. We are to rely on authorities God sets above us, especially those in the church! They, just like us, have been given divine delegation to be setting things into order.
I have found myself particularly encouraged these past few weeks when I have seen photos of people setting up our new church. My schedule has required me to focus setting into order other parts of my life, but I got to receive the wonderful gift and sacrifice of leaders above me and peers around me setting into order the new church building, which I got to receive!
On days when you’re overwhelmed, remember that someone else is also putting into order areas that impact you. You have gifts to receive from the Body of Christ. Rest in their leadership. Trust it. And receive it as a gift.
Lastly, trust the anointing God has given you as a delegated leader. God will not abandon you at your post. He may ask you wait and stay there, persevering in your calling (Titus 2:2), but He has not left. Paul might have left Crete, but Jesus did not.
3) We are not helpless; we wait.
“If an army has been set out to march into an enemy’s country, and news is received that it is not advancing, the question is at once asked, what is the cause of the delay?
The answer will very often be: ‘Waiting for supplies.’ All the stores of provision or clothing or ammunition have not arrived. Without these, [the army] dare not proceed. It is likewise in the Christian life...we need our supplies from above. And there is nothing so necessary as to cultivate that spirit of dependence on God and confidence in Him.”
Waiting on God, Andrew Murray p. 23-24
As a leader in our own areas of life, it is not shameful to wait on God! In fact, it is the path God intended for us since Adam and Eve.
The Lord upholds all who are falling
And raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to You,
And You give them their food in due season.
Psalm 145: 14-15
Some last truth:
“He will finish in you that which he begun.”
Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
About the Author: Allison is a massage therapy student at Schoolcraft College and waitress at Zola Bistro. When she isn't doing these two things, she's probably doing something around Antioch. She loves prayer, worship, and spending time with her connect group!