The church at Crete was struggling, so Paul instructed Titus to appoint elders as overseers. Not an easy job, because the church was being influenced by the morally corrupt Cretan culture. The men Titus chose had to be spiritual, with characters above reproach. For they would need strength against the evil and ungodly pulls of the world. Much like today, the believers at Crete lived in a society which was trying to rid itself of God. But no matter what this wicked world says or does, the Lord calls us to hold fast to the truth of His Word. For we too are overseers in God’s church. Elders who need to lead godly lives, allowing Christ to work in and through us. Drawing others to Him through kindness, goodness, honesty, and patience. And when we know God’s truths and hold them in our hearts, we won’t be led astray by false teachers, wrong doctrines, and those “who turn away from the truth” (Titus 1:14).