Bible Reading: Titus 1
I once heard the banter about how if you buy people for what they look like on the outside, and sell them for what they really are in private, you will make an astounding profit.
Sadly, I think that there’s a lot of truth in that. We live in an impression-seeking world, and it seems so easy to get swamped into that space of living up to the impression-demand.
There was a time when people would knock on your door to gain access to you. Now, you’re seemingly always on the main stage and in the spotlight. Every single time.
What would this mean for us as believers in this day and age? I believe God’s word still has all the answers we need!
As we start studying this heartfelt letter from Paul to his spiritual son, Titus, we discover a great emphasis splashed all over the first chapter on the importance of character. You almost feel like Paul is just hitting the character nail from every side he can.
That same bell must ring even louder to us in this day and age.
Not only does Paul start out the letter by reminding that ‘truth accords with godliness’ (v 1), he then demonstrates soundness of character that we see in God, and then the burden of sound character leadership must exemplify, and then the challenge of sound character that the Christian community as a whole must take on:
- God himself does not lie ( v2)
- God follows through on His word ( v3)
- Leadership must be built and anchored on strong and impeccable character (v 5-9)
- Households and community as a whole are undone by character failure (v 10-11)
- Sound faith must birth sound character (v 12-16)
May we be a people of truth and sound character. May our faith in Jesus follow through in the expression of godliness that is in accordance with the truth. May we be a shinning example in a dark world of integrity and soundness in faith, word, and deed. Amen.
From Paul, God’s willing slave and an apostle of Jesus, the Anointed One, to Titus. I’m writing you to further the faith of God’s chosen ones and lead them to the full knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness, Titus 1:1 TPT
This reminds me of a friend of mine who keeps dreadlocks but is a die hard follower of Jesus. People in church see him as irresponsible person but knowing who I he is and what he carries in him is my own cake. I’m more particular about his lifestyle than his hair.
“May our faith in Jesus follow through in the expression of godliness that is in accordance with the truth. May we be a shinning example in a dark world of integrity and soundness in faith, word, and deed. Amen.”