Titus is in an interesting situation, charged to shepherd the churches in Crete and appoint elders. They are to be men of integrity, which may be hard to find among a people group known for lying, evil, laziness and gluttony (1:12).
I was convicted when I read the general call for laypeople to live reverently. It can seem a lot of men get away with not being temperate (2:2), and a lot of gals get away with being gossips (2:3). However, I’ve got to look at myself, not at other people. As a young woman, I search for my directions. Besides all the ways to treat my non-existent husband and children, I am called to be sensible, pure and kind.
Sometimes we can get it in our heads that these instructions are just gentle suggestions, and maybe that’s because we (love the freedom of grace and) don’t get why it’s so important.
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.” (2:11-14)
“But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (3:4-7)
We may never understand all the glorious implications of everything Christ accomplished on our behalf. Indeed, we can only get close to understanding the height, breadth, depth and width in a world wide group effort. But what we can know, is God sought to create a new people for Himself, who would be examples of His love. People who are sensible, hospitable, generous, just, cool-tempered and self-controlled.
Jesus did an amazing thing for all mankind. He set us free to live as God designed. He was a perfect example of a life well lived. This empowers me to live in a way that honors Him and glorifies my Creator God.
What stood out to you today?