This is why Paul begins his memo the way he does.

Paul starts his directions to Titus in the same way as anyone in the ancient Greek world would begin an epistle, with the form of a standard salutation, although his content was different, of course. In fact, this is the only time Paul begins in quite this way and this beginning takes us back to our opening question:

What are you giving your life for?

Let's look at Paul's answer to this question.  As you read these words remember that all that matters in life is contained in this short sentence.

Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God who cannot lie promised long ages ago (Titus 1:1-2)

Time Out:

Before reading ahead write out the core principle that grows out of these words as you read and think about them.

Here is my core principle:

Whatever you give yourself for defines who you are and determines what you do, the way you do it and why you do it.

Look at it this way:

Who                Person                        slave                            identity

What               Purpose                       for                               reason             

Way                Passion                        apostle/leader              responsibility

Why                Persuasion                   hope                            motive

Because Paul is for the faith of the chosen (because Paul is giving everything he is and has to purify and strengthen the faith of the chosen) he is a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ living out of the absolute certain hope of eternal life. 

Time Out: 

Before reading ahead in these notes think about what it means to give yourself for something.  What is involved in giving yourself for something?  List at least three things giving yourself for something demands of you.