When Christ followers live out the teachings of God’s Word and model them accurately, the lives of those around them can be transformed.
by Josh Franklin
I’m deeply grateful for the impactful men of faith who have directly shaped my life. Guided by the Holy Spirit and God’s Word, they prioritized spiritual values and left a profound influence on me. Despite the option for leisurely Sunday lake days, they chose to prioritize church. Instead of being tightfisted, they showed generosity to those in need. Rather than focusing on gaining personal material possessions, they remained dedicated to serving the less fortunate as the hands and feet of Jesus. Living out the teachings of God’s Word, their accurate modeling and teaching transformed the lives of those around them.
I recently learned that having a mentor is a significant need for someone in leadership. Jesus exemplified mentorship, particularly with the disciples, as evidenced by 11 out of the 12 enduring horrific deaths for Him. This speaks volumes about Jesus and His deep care for others. Lately, I’ve found myself drawn to the book of Titus, particularly Chapter 2. I don’t know about you, but I consistently seek guidance from Scripture and wise individuals.
“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.”John C. Maxwell
Listen to what Titus 2:1 says: “You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine.” There is the accuracy part. Then, in Verse 2, it reads, “Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.” Moving on to Verses 6–8, it says, “Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”
If this does not serve as a clear call for mentorship, I don’t know what does. Whether you’re well into your Christian walk, leading others down a Christ-like path or just starting out, it’s crucial to have people of great faith speaking into your life. Evaluate who occupies your time to ensure they contribute to a life modeled after Christ. As you grow, share your experiences openly to help others along their journey.
Josh Franklin is the executive pastor of Solid Rock Baptist Church in Social Circle. For information, visit www.solidrockchurchsc.com.