“…straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you…” [Titus1:5]
Paul was establishing God’s ways as it pertained to order, responsibility and authority. As an Apostle of Jesus Christ he was mightily used of God to establish God’s church but the responsibility to grow the church was left to his followers.
What was left unfinished was leadership development! Without activating what Paul had directed Titus to do, things were becoming a mess. Eugene Peterson in the Message says it like this. “I left you in charge in Crete so you could complete what I left half-done. Appoint leaders in every town according to my instructions.” Leadership requires a person to know and ask the right questions.
“Is this man well thought of? Are his children believers? Do they respect him and stay out of trouble?” It’s important that a leader be not pushy, not short-tempered, not a drunk, not a bully, not money-hungry. He must welcome people, be helpful, wise, fair, reverent, have a good grip on himself; knowing how to use the truth to either spur people on in knowledge or stop them in their tracks if they oppose it.” [Titus 1:]
To sum this all up Paul is saying, “you need to evaluate the kind of influence this person has”.
Leadership in every home, church or town has the responsibility to ‘finish what has been left undone and influence our generation. Read the letter to Titus