“All of us are embarrassed by some of what we are.” –Mel Lawrenz
The apostle Paul instructed Titus to “set in order” those things that were “wanting” at the church of Crete (Titus 1:5). The word “order” derives from the Greek word orthoo, where we get our English words “orthodontics” and “orthopedics.” The professionals in those respected fields work hard at making things straight. This is the idea that Paul had in mind when he wrote his young son in the faith. Titus was to straighten some things out that were crooked or flawed at the Cretian church.
From time to time, we have to do the same thing. But only those with the proper knowledge and ability can make crooked things straight. An orthodontist makes teeth straight because he has been trained to do so. An orthopedist can align and fix bones because he has learned the proper mechanics and procedures.
The point is simple: making things straight involves being straight ourselves. Life has a tendency to get out of whack when the one leading it is off course himself. In order to get and keep things straight, the one doing the straightening must be straight.
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