This week I'm reading through the letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to his cohort Titus. He had left Titus on the island of Crete to appoint pastors for the different churches that had been established there. But like all works of God, they do not come without opposition. Evil never likes good!
In reading through the first two chapters this morning, a couple of things stood out. First was the last verse of chapter one:
They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. Titus 1:16
We read a verse like this one and immediately we think of someone who fits this description - don't we?
The second thing that stood out was in chapter two:
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.Titus 2:11-14
The grace of God teaches us to say "NO" to ungodliness!
God redeemed us to make himself a people eager to do good works!
Maybe instead of thinking of someone else we need to think about ourselves. What do I need to say "NO" to?
No more talking bad about someone else.
No more stirring the pot.
No more blaming others for their actions and start taking responsibility for my own.
I guess the real question is this: How eager am I to do what is good?
The answer to that reveals a lot about my heart toward God!
Just a little something to think about as you begin your week!