Titus 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Paul is an uncompromising mentor. Here he tells Titus exactly what to do and gives him the power to do it in those three little words – with all authority.
But exactly where does that authority come from? With Paul, it came from the authority of the apostles who lived and worked with Jesus. And it came from his encounter with the risen Lord on the road to Damascus.
We don’t have Paul here, except in print. We don’t have the first century apostles except in their writings. So if we want to speak and exhort and rebuke, our authority must come from the written word of God, the Bible.
All the credentials in the world, all the college degrees, all the certificates of completion from symposia and seminars and conferences are of no avail, if we do not speak with the authority of the written Word of God.
So let”s check up. How much time do we spend in the Word?
Strengthen our resolve to spend more time with you in quiet contemplation of your love letters to us. Grant that we may be a blessing to those in our sphere of influence. Set a guard on our hearts and tongues that nothing may be said or done that is not of you.
In Jesus’ most precious name. Amen.