The Job of a Christian

Mar 30, 2014Janet Wingard

Paul begins his letter to Titus with a summary of his mission as a servant of God. “Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness—in the hope of eternal life…” (Titus 1:1-2).

Paul’s job description as God’s servant is to further the faith of others, increase their knowledge of the truth, encourage godliness, and to live with the hope of eternal life. As Christians, we are also servants of God…with a similar job description.

Job Application

Posting:A Servant of God

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Furthers the faith of others:

What are you doing to further the faith of others? Are you praying for one another, and encouraging each other with kind words and actions? Are you living a life that is a faithful witness, honoring God?

When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours (Romans 1:12 NLT).

Increases the knowledge of truth:

We are to increase in the knowledge of God’s truth in our lives, and share it with others! We need to understand the Scriptures because it’s God’s Word! It’s our road map to knowing God more deeply, and also the tool that guides our paths to a godly life.

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long (Psalm 25:4-5 NIV).

Encourages godliness:

Our job is to encourage godliness or godly living in others, and we do this best by modeling godliness in our own lives. Pursuing God through daily discipline in reading the Bible and prayer---ingesting the truth of God into our lives---is what will equip us best for encouraging others. Without a disciplined pursuit of God, personal godliness will become an afterthought in our daily responsibilities.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love… (Ephesians 5:1-2).

Fosters the hope of eternal life:

C.S. Lewis observed, “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next”. God wants us to treasure heaven and set our hearts on it long before we get there. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34). Jesus knew exactly what He was doing when He taught us to pray …”May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). We need to live our lives with an eternal perspective…as the saying goes, “When we’re happily after forever, we live happily ever after”. We need to foster this hope in others, as we model this with our lives.

Attention Applicants: A willing heart, and the desire to grow are essential. You need not be perfect to apply. There will be ample on-the-job training.