Paul in chapter 1 warns Titus regarding rebellious deceivers and calls him to care in selecting elders.
In chapter 2:
Paul encourages teaching sound doctrine.
To teach older men as well as the older women to be worthy of respect.
So that they can teach younger women the same under the condition that they first practice it themselves and be a godly example.
Likewise men ought to do the same to younger men.
So that those who oppose (notice, not “if” they oppose ) will have nothing bad to say.
As slaves, do not slander your master and do what is good, be trustworthy and be a living example of God’s teaching.
For the grace of God has appeared to all men – regardless of position – and has given us the ability to live in a manner worthy of God while we wait for Christ’s appearing again. Meanwhile, he has redeemed us from the hopelessness (wickedness) of this life, purifying us as a people set apart, to be His very own.
These are all things we should teach with authority while serving so that no one should despise us.
This chapter reminded me of the responsibility we all carry being believers. God has not called us to be passive, but active for the sake of the gospel. He gives us good reason as well:
To encourage, urge and teach the word of God so that no one will malign the word of God, in other words, our actions need to testify to the greatness of God’s message to mankind – we are his image bearers – certainly nothing to take lightly. Our actions should not condemn us and no accusation should stand except that which supports and upholds God’s purpose. How do I make the teaching of the Savior attractive? No doubt through what is caught rather than taught, eager to do good so that no one will despise me – God’s message bearer.
Additionally, there is an expectation that our interactions with different generations, genders, and positions of authority won’t carry the weight of fear or favoritism and will be consistently graceful and truthful.
Father, in this busy, full, life, make me aware of the message of Your cross and how it transforms those who listen as well as watch your church. Knit me to yourself so that we are one in thought and purpose throughout the day and in relationships show me how to lead well by example and sound teaching. Remind me to pray about this daily so that You remind me of how important this is in your eternal plan. For Your sake I pray, Amen
Posted on Tue, July 7, 2015
by Brian Landers