Read Titus 2:9-10
A. Duties of the Minister (continued). Paul gives instruction to teach the slaves. The slaves are to obey their masters whole-heartedly. The motive behind such subjection is to bring glory to God.
- Christian work ethic. Notice in Titus vss. 9-10 that slaves are to be taught to obey their master. On one side, especially as African American believers, there is great resistance to any interpretation of Bible that leads to slavery.
Most Black theologians would discount any application that supported slavery as being a cultural concession or the greater good being that of freedom.
But on the other hand, applying the principles of the text to an employment situation is much more palatable. In other words, as Christian employees, we should have exemplary work ethic.
People should look at how we work and ask what is the source of such hard work and positive attitudes. In reply, we should talk about how our faith influences our work. Let’s work on glorifying God, even in how we work.
Read Titus 2:11-15
B. Living in Response to God’s Grace (2:11-15). Titus is told that the grace of God is the base for his being diligent in his ministry. The people of God are called to live godly lives, which include being eager to do good. Titus is to be faithful in encouraging, teaching, and rebuking.
- Saying “no” and “yes” with hope. Notice in vss. 11-13 that grace is available to all people, and it urges us to say “no” to sin and “yes” to godliness, as we wait on the Lord’s return.
First, in some fashion, all of humanity has a way of getting right with God. Especially those in our network of relationships should have us as their means of getting right with God. As witnesses for the Lord, we should be telling them about God’s grace.
Second, believers are called to say “no” to sin. We are not to redefine it, play with it, or excuse it. We are called to say “no” to sex outside of marriage, lying, stealing, mistreating people, robbing God, and the list goes on and on.
Third, we are called to say “yes” to godliness. With our saying “yes” comes the duty to do “yes.” We are to be known for loving God with all that we have including out tithes, service, and worship. We are called to love others, as we love ourselves, which should include witnessing, serving, and being kind.
Fourth, we are to obey God with the hope of Jesus’ return. Our hope is not in an economic comeback, military might, or the goodness of people. If these things work out, that is fine. But if they don’t work out, we should not be hopeless.
Our hope is in the Lord’s returning and establishing a new Earth and new heavens. Let’s work on doing what God is calling us to do with hope in Him.
- Eager to do good. Notice in Titus vss. 13-14 that Jesus is the One who died as a substitute payment for our sins. He also died so that we can be a people known for good works.
First, God exists in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Thus, we should not be surprised to see Jesus referred to as “our God and Savior.”
Second, our only hope of being right with the Father, in spite of our sins, is the substitute death of Jesus Christ. Without His death for us, all of our good works and religious living would be a waste. Thus, we should never be arrogant but always thankful.
Third, Jesus died for us, so we can live for Him. He is calling us to live lives known for both purity and eagerly doing good. Under eagerly doing good should be a willingness to step up and at least keep the good works that the church did last year on the books for this year.
There are too many people in our churches who do no good work, which makes it difficult to simply maintain the church’s good works and almost impossible to advance to more good works.
The church should be known for good works that are a blessing to the members of the church and the communities around the church. Let’s work on being more eager to do our maximum for the Lord.
- Teaching, encouraging, and rebuking. Notice in vs. 15 that Titus is to teach, encourage, and rebuke with all authority, instead of allowing anyone to despise him.
First, Pastor’s are called to teach and encourage. Whereas teaching is concerned with helping people understand, encouraging is concerned with helping people actually do what they understand. In order for the teaching and encouraging to be effective, members need to be in the place of teaching and receptive to the encouragement.
Second, the Pastor is not simply an advisor to the church and its members. He/she is called to be an authority. Thus, the Pastor is called to teach and encourage some, while rebuking and keeping others from despising (i.e., looking down upon or at least mistreating) him/her.
Unfortunately, there are too many who still try to treat Pastors as if they are “preaching janitors” or simply an employee who should jump at the call of certain officers or factions in the church.
Let’s support our Pastor’s efforts to teach and encourage the receptive, while rebuking and withstanding the rebellious. When the shepherd is preoccupied with distractors, the sheep suffer.
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