Can you believe I finally made it through the book of Titus? It’s been a great adventure and really life-changing on this side of the screen. The topics that still come to my head are to not slander, to be the example and just so many other great nuggets of truth! If you are just joining me you can check out the categories on the right of the screen, click Bible and look for Titus and it should lead you to my other posts!
If you could open up your Bible and read Titus 3:12-15 to get started, that would be great. (I felt like a pastor right then! lol)
To sum it up for you, Paul is giving his final greetings and remarks.
He hopes Titus will meet him soon and he is sending others to take his place to keep the church running so he can do so.
Paul asks Titus to help some people and make sure they have everything they need.
Verse 14, to me, is the second key point to this entire letter.
“Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.”
Did you hear that? They need to “DEVOTE themselves to doing what is good”.
What is devotion? Being fully dedicated. In this verse it makes me think of using all of your energy to doing something. Really working on and trying to do it.
Doing what good? What are they talking about here?
The next two parts of that verse, at least I think, seem to hint at something, what do you think?
They need to do what is good “in order that they may
(1) “provide for daily needs” and
(2) “not live unproductive lives.”
Living productive lives and meeting needs shows Christ. This may be hard to swallow if you are naturally lazy and have to push yourself to become productive in most situations and yet when you do push yourself, the fruit that comes out of it is more beautiful then you ever thought!
All this past week, God has been convicting my heart on how I am taking care of my family and how I need to improve. It even included not blogging as much on here and meeting the needs of my kids (making sure they have clothes, food, warm house and a mom fully THERE). I usually want to say no to my kids when they ask for things at times, but the Holy Spirit works in my heart and I find I say yes.
The other day my daughter asked, “Can we play Miss Mary Mac?”
I cringed. I didn’t want to. I thought about all the other things I want to do or need to do. But I felt a tug so I took a breath, and said, “Sure.”
In my natural man, I would have rather spent the time on myself or what I want. But now that moment won’t be erased. I expressed love even when I wasn’t up for it. I took care of her emotional need to know she was loved. There is so much more good that happens when I am actually taking care of others and meeting their needs. This is what doing good means.
Today, ask God to help you get out of your “comfort”-selfish zone and try to stretch yourself. God has so much more for you and for me and for the lives around us! We need to be allow Him to lead us and we should be seeing ourselves doing more good then a day ago, a week ago, a year ago. Not because it is easy but because it pleases Him.
And if you fall, don’t worry. Just know that God will pick you back up and you can start over. This is a day by day work in progress.
Lord, move us!
Be inspired today and thanks for coming along my crazy ride through Titus! Have a blessed day!