Global Positioning System
Originally designed by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) by industry leading scientists during the Sputnik era, the world was first introduced to satellites that were/are able to track our positions based on what we now know as the “Doppler Effect”. As early as the 1960’s, the United States Navy began to employ GPS with hopes of effectively tracking their Submarines, which were responsible for carrying nuclear missiles.
More than 50 years later, today GPS (Global Positioning System) is a space-based radionavigation system owned by the US Government and operated by the United States Air Force to meet national defense, homeland security, civil, commercial, and scientific needs and is used globally for tracking location and in providing navigation for not only the Department of Defense and the US Military, but by civilians the world-over.
The unique function of GPS is that it gives direction(s) to a designated location based on coordinates; information about how to get where you want to go based on research, previous experience, and satellites. If you’re anything like me, more often than not, you miss a turn or lack attention based on other distractions and your GPS has to “reroute” your directions in order to achieve your destination. It happens to me more than I care to admit! Ha!!
Gospel Position through Scripture
On Sunday we picked up the second message in our “Timeless Truths” series; a study through the book of Titus. More specifically we worked through Titus 1:5-9:
5 I (Paul) left you (Titus) on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you. 6 An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife, and his children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. 7 A church leader is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent, or dishonest with money.
8 Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life. 9 He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.
As part of this message we focused on the 17 qualifications and attributes of an Elder which Paul readily identifies (takes the guesswork out) for Titus – clear instructions on what he was responsible for and what, rather, who he was to be actively pursuing in consideration of experiencing life and ministry together. Among the list of 17 included 5 prohibitions along with 12 active-expectations, including:
- An elder must live a blameless life (mentioned twice in the passage)
- An elder must be faithful to his wife
- An elder’s children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious
- An elder must be a leader, whom is a manager of God’s household
- An elder must not be arrogant
- An elder must not be quick-tempered
- An elder must not be a heavy drinker
- An elder must not be violent
- An elder must not be dishonest with money
- An elder must enjoy having guests in his home
- An elder must love what is good
- An elder must live wisely
- An elder must be just
- An elder must live a devout
- An elder must live a disciplined life
- An elder must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught
- An elder must be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching
The individuals and noise that we allow to speak into our lives and with which we derive our direction(s) in life based on popculture and the latest fads or trends will always leave us wondering the wilderness, constantly needing to reroute us. In short, the ways of this world – recieving our guidance and instructions from influencers this side of heaven which are separate from God’s Word, will always leave us longing for more and absolutely frustrated by our lack of clear directions and useful instructions.
Instead, I believe that we must long for and cling to our designed GPS or Gospel Position through Scripture!
I once heard an acronym to help us understand the principle(s) and purpose of the Bible:
B – basic
I – instructions
B – before
L – leaving
E – earth
So long as we are learning, applying and clinging to the very Word of God, we will have all of the direction we will ever need. No more cheap imitations and looking to the things of this world to lead us where only God is capable of taking us.
Live out your life on purpose, my friends, and focus on God’s Gospel Position through Scripture to guide, lead and direct you both now and all of the days of your life!
To hear more from Sunday’s message, be sure to click the video up-top.