Titus 2:11-3:1 – “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. 15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.” NKJV
Paul gave some very detailed instructions to both Timothy and Titus regarding establishing the leadership in the churches that he oversaw as an apostle. He also concluded his instructions in this chapter by addressing how everyone not just leaders should live in this present world.
- Deny ungodliness and worldly lusts.
- Live soberly (has nothing to do with alcohol), righteously, and godly.
- Looking for the Return of Jesus.
If our heart is to live a life that is pleasing to God it will cry out for righteousness and seek to live above the lusts of the flesh. If we are focused on the Eternal Prize and Destiny we will be motivated to not only share our faith with others but to live exemplary lives in this present world. There is an element of the work of grace and the work of self-discipline involved in what Paul tells Titus and thereby the entire church not only for that age but for all ages. It is a classic example of God’s clear instructions on “how we should live in this present world.”
It is God’s desire to redeem us for every lawless deed and sin and purify us for Himself so that He can say of us MY PEOPLE and properly insert us into the framework of the Kingdom so that we can function according to the Grace Gifts that He has placed in our hearts and lives. Living a godly life is never something to be apologized for. Becoming a Pharisee and comparing ourselves with ourselves and with each other is. We can never and will never EARN our redemption it is fully and completely Grace! Therefore, we should always live in such a manner as to bring honor to God and His name!
Therefore, as you go through this day go through it with the knowledge that His Redemption was not earned but freely given as a gift. That will help to keep your position and condition in perspective and keep you focused on one of our major purposes REACHING THE WORLD for Jesus!
May God be with you as you travel through the pathways of life! Blessings!