Bible Reading: Titus 2
How did you feel when you got your first school promotion?
I wasn’t excited one bit about mine! I still recall crying and pleading that I wanted to stay on in the Nursery Class when I had been promoted to Primary 1. My reasoning was quite simple: I had mastered and gotten a good grip on my Nursery Class and all it entailed and didn’t want to step into the uncertainties of a new class.
Unfortunately, life doesn’t quite give us that luxury. The seasons keep changing on us and there are the peculiar demands that we need to meet up to in each changing season. As you look into the year ahead, do you sense seasons changing? Do you sense new / more responsibilities? Do you see difference?
As we read on in Paul’s beautiful letter to Titus, do you notice today how Paul spends the first ten verses identifying and resonating with different seasons that people find themselves in? He alludes to:
- Titus, as a leader ( v 1)
- Older men ( v2)
- Older women (v 3)
- Younger women (v 4-5)
- Younger men ( v 6-8)
- Bond servants/ Workers ( v 9-10)
This is the reality of life. Seasons will keep changing on us and will come with their own peculiar demands. When you thought you were young and had that mastered, you suddenly find yourself responsible for younger people than you. You were just simply being a good follower, now you find yourself as a leader.
But Paul doesn’t just demonstrate different seasons, he brilliantly lands the thought by declaring how the amazing grace of our God ‘has appeared to all’ and would enable us and equip us for whatever is our ‘present age’. He straightway links the thought of different seasons and their demands into a declaration of the supply of the all abounding grace of God.
God’s saving grace, you see, appeared for all people Titus 2:11 NTE
That’s so assuring!
Would you be reminded today as you look to the season ahead of you, and consider all that it demands of you- whether leadership, followership, service, decisions, or anything whatsoever- that the grace of our Saviour is the answer we need in the face of all the expectations on us.
What’s your ‘present age’? God’s got the grace to teach you and equip you for it!
in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, Titus 2:7 NKJV