The Word — Having life in the fullest
Published 8:00 am Sunday, June 12, 2022
We have looked at the Holy Spirit and how He behaves and today we find ourselves in the Book of Titus looking at the Word and how Christ Followers should behave. “Older men are to be temperate, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance. Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. Likewise urge the young men to be sensible; in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech, which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.” (Titus 2: 2-8) Christ Followers cannot just make a profession of faith and think that they are all done. It would be foolish to think that nothing else is required.
Let me clarify – nothing we can do, or change can save us. Only God and God alone is our Savior. “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) When we agree to become His- action is required. Jesus said, “A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so they may have life. I want them to have it in the fullest possible way.” (John 10:10)
God does not want us to just exist but to live a life that is “fullest.” Above the Book of Titus is giving instruction to older men, older women, young women, and young men that are in the body of Christ. Those are the people that are Christ Followers. The obvious things are to leave bad behaviors behind. We are to yield ourselves to God and allow Him to transform our very behaviors.
In sharing my personal walk with you, I find that as I yield myself to God, I do not desire the old behaviors. I see God in my life. I very much want to honor Him, even with my actions. When I fall short, I know it as my flesh trying to take over and drive. I have come to understand that in ‘one instant’ my behavior can ruin what I proclaim to be true. Therefore, I do need to fulfill the guidance, God has in Titus.
Yvette Perrin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.