Bible Reading: Titus 2.11-15
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. These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you. Titus 2:11-15
Paul continues the instruction of the young pastor Titus with today’s passage. He is writing to Titus about the importance of a people living for Christ. Much like where we live today, Crete was a place of great spiritual darkness and a perfect venue for the gospel to shine in the midst of a hurting people.
It is interesting to note in the passage that grace teaches obedience like an instructor teaches a student. In any discipline there are two types of people. Logan and I recently went to a Division I football game (Navy vs. Houston) and there were two groups: fans and fanatics. Fans are the normal people who wear the team colors. But everyone loves the fanatics because they are absolutely crazy for their team. They are there hours before the game tailgating. They create energy in the stands. They love their team more than anything.
As it happened, when Logan and I went, it rained the entire game. Logan and I didn’t have a dog in the hunt so we stuck it out a while and then went home to dry out at halftime, leaving the fanatics to brave the rain. We may be able to live righteously out of willpower for a short time, but only for a short time. The only path to righteousness is submit completely to grace’s work on our heart, to surrender to fanaticism. Sure, some people may smirk at us, but some will see a passion that is a welcomed oasis to a dry heart.
Let us be fanatical about our Savior, in whom we place our eternal hope, and through whom we have the gift of grace, which teaches us daily to live in obedience to God, in a way that reaches others for Christ.
Weekly Memory Verse: For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8.9