I have a job. Jesus has given it to me. I must be faithful in fulfilling it. I can’t shirk it off and leave it to others.
Jesus, my Master, expects me to live up to it. Jesus has given me the Holy Spirit to give me the power to do what God wants when I don’t have capacity within my self. I am a new creation because of what Jesus has accomplished.
As an “older man”, Paul makes it clear that my job is to:
- Live a life of temperance (moderation or self-restraint)
- Live with dignity
- Show wisdom
- Demonstrate healthy faith
- Model love
- Endure until the end
Others will judge me based on my behavior. I don’t want them to look down on God’s message. I can’t afford to be found a hypocrite.
Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine. Guide older men into lives of temperance, dignity, and wisdom, into healthy faith, love, and endurance. Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior. Also, guide the young men to live disciplined lives.