The first couple of chapters of Paul’s letter to Titus deal with leadership within the church as well as how we are supposed to live as the church. Paul speaks to different groups within the church to include slaves. Paul is not condoning slavery, but it was a reality within the culture and so he includes them in his words as they were part of the church.
Paul tells us that although the world around us is evil, we are to live with wisdom, righteousness and devotion to God. He is making a point that for followers of Jesus, the way we live should be informed by the teaching we have received. We are not just to listen to it; we are to live it.
One of the practices I go through every day during my prayer time is asking God to bring to mind things that I did the day before or earlier that day that were sinful. Sometimes, He will remind me of something that I need to go and clean up. Sometimes, it’s attitudes of my heart and things that I have thought but not given voice to. They are still sinful and I’m grateful for the opportunity He gives me to repent, ask for His forgiveness and start all over again. This is a process that will never be over for me until I reach Heaven. I sin every day.
To live in righteousness means to be in right standing with God. Our sin always separates us from God, so it’s really important that we keep a short account and ask God to show us our own hearts and reveal our sin so that our relationship with Him can grow and flourish. Just like any relationship we have, when there are problems, we need to work them out in order for the relationship to move forward. Our relationship with God is no different.
So, how are you living God’s word today? What’s He showing you?
Executive Director of Education and Outreach