Titus 1:16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him.
OBSERVATION: ( What does it say?)
We just finished reading through the books of 1 & 2 Timothy, which were written by the Apostle Paul to his apprentice/disciplee Timothy. This book of Titus was also written by the Apostle Paul, but addressed to another disciplee of his, Titus. Titus is a leader of one of the churches that Paul had planted during one of his missionary journeys. In this chapter, Paul is instructing Titus on the qualities to look for when appointing elders/ leaders of the church. His instructions to Titus are very similar to what he wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 3:1-7. However, another similarity I noticed was Paul's focus on the importance of staying pure and undefiled by the ways of the world. Basically, walk the talk. If you claim to be a Christ follower, let your actions prove it. I love Matthew Henry's commentary on christnotes.org about this issue:
"Many profess to know God, yet in their lives deny and reject him. See the miserable state of hypocrites, such as have a form of godliness, but are without the power; yet let us not be so ready to fix this charge on others, as careful that it does not apply to ourselves."
UNDERSTANDING: (What does it mean?)
See observation above.
The reading for today is so fitting for what we discussed in church yesterday. During our time of prayer before service, Pastor spoke about all of us being called to repentance ( recognizing, confessing and turning away from sin). He spoke about it starting with us first, praying that the Holy Spirit reveal any areas that we need to turn from in ourselves and then praying for others as well. Then Pastor Levi preached about how purity precedes power. We cannot expect God to work mightily through us if we continue to allow the sin in our lives to take over. We must be willing to break free from it even if it hurts (like the picture in Scripture of gouging out an eye). Do our actions prove that we know God intimately? Or are we like the people the Apostle Paul talked about who claim to know God, but their actions deny him? What needs to be gouged out of our lives (movies/shows, certain people, jobs, computers, etc.) in order for this to happen? Dear Jesus, I pray that we would be willing to turn from WHATever and WHOever is keeping us from fully experiencing You. I pray that through our actions and not just our words, that the world will know we belong to You and You alone. Amen.
References: gotquestions.org/Titus, christnotes.com (Matthew Henry commentary), Pastor Gary Khan and Pastor Levi