Today’s reading is Titus 1.
One of my biggest hindrances to disciple making is facing every day as if the goal is just making it through the day. One of Paul’s greatest strengths in disciple making was already knowing what his goal was before he faced each day. He knew his purpose. He knew what he was about. Jesus made him an apostle for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth in hope of eternal life. His question was never, “What should today be about?” It was never, “What should I accomplish today?” His question was simply, “What is the best thing I can do today to engender faith in God’s elect, providing them with knowledge of the truth, so they can have God’s promise of eternal life?” How are you facing today? Are you trying to figure out what it is about? Or are you staying on purpose?
Tomorrow’s reading is Titus 2.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, did you catch Paul’s shocking statement in Titus 1:16? He mentioned people who profess to know God, but deny Him by their works. This is a powerful point to remember. The foundation of Christianity is faith. It is believing in God–Father, Son, and Spirit. More than that, it is actually believing God–Father, Son, and Spirit. But this faith is supposed to lead somewhere. It is supposed to lead to a changed life, to a surrendered life. To a life lived through by that belief. Just declaring faith in God, just going to church and walking through religious motions is not what God is looking for. Jesus died so we might live a life whose very actions and works proclaim His existence, reality, and power. Keep studying. Keep believing. But most of all, keep applying.
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