Today Paul has a list of Christian principles for Titus to keep on reminding his people in Crete about. As believers, we are all called to be model citizens, and the seven active tasks here go a long way to ensuring that.
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarrelling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
Did you catch all seven?
- Be submissive to rulers and authorities.
- Be obedient.
- Be ready for every good work.
- Speak evil of no one.
- Avoid quarrelling.
- Be gentle.
- Show perfect courtesy toward all people.
How the world needs this list now. It is possible to be outraged by injustice and still be the model citizen the Word calls us to (#4, #7, #6, #2, for example).
Really, this is not a pie-in-the-sky dream of conduct that we should only expect from those in leadership. This is for all who have professed and confessed faith in Jesus (v.1, 1.5, 2.11). Let me put it this way; if you call yourself a Christian, Titus 3.1-2 is absolutely for you, and is absolutely how you need to be living.
It’s a tall task, yes. We will inevitably fail, yes. But the God who calls us to live like this has sent you all the provision you could possibly ever need to live like this (John 14.26, 1 Corinthians 3.16, 6.19, Ezekiel 36.27, 2 Timothy 1.14a, Romans 8.11).