Bible Reading: Titus 2.1-2
But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine. Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance. Titus 2.1-2
It’s fair to say that in the first century AD Crete was no Disneyland. Far from being the “happiest place on earth,” historians describe an island inhabited with people who lacked ethical principles, and who had a reputation for harboring robbers and pirates. Greed and avarice were prevalent. The apostle Paul was even concerned with the teachings and practices of some of the resident Jews.
It was into this environment that Paul placed Titus to do the work of the early church. In verse two of today’s passage Paul informs Titus as to how he should instruct older men in their conduct. To paraphrase, old men are to be of sound mind, self-controlled, and are to maintain self-respect. Also, they are to be patient, vigilant, not lacking in endurance.
No matter your age or gender these attributes are qualities each of us should aspire to display in our daily lives. Just as the believers in ancient Crete we, at times, have to interact with unethical people and confront unpleasant situations. In Matthew chapter five Jesus reminds us of our identity and how we are to portray ourselves. In part Jesus says in verse 14 “You are the light of the world…”, and in verse 16 the Lord tells us “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
We are to be obedient and stand strong against the force of corrupt living. By surrendering to the Holy Spirit we allow Father God to work through us to transform the world for His sake, one person or one situation at a time. Plus, the more we submit to the Holy Spirit, the greater our communion with God becomes, enabling us to battle the enemy on higher and higher levels.
So, much like Crete, our society is no Disneyland. But, if we hold fast to “sound doctrine” and carry ourselves in the appropriate manner, we can find that nevertheless, while not strolling through an amusement park, we CAN reside in a very happy place. Have a great day!
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