Today’s reading is Titus 3.
“Always remember where you came from.” That’s a statement I’ve heard applied to successful people who came from humble beginnings. No matter how successful they get, they need to remember they were once the struggling up and comer who received help and patience from others as they grew. Paul tells Titus something similar. Disciples need to always remember where we came from. We came from a life dictated and dominated by sin. As disciples who have had some success and victory over sin through the grace of Jesus Christ, we might lose sight of that. When we see people still caught up in their sins, we might begin to feel superior and start wanting to isolate from those still trapped. Instead, we need to remember where we came from. We need to remember it wasn’t by our greatness, but by God’s grace we have come so far. And having remembered that, we need to reach out with the gospel of grace to those still trapped. That is disciple making. Aren’t you glad someone did that for you?
Monday’s reading is John 1.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, be aware that Paul exposes the absolute hardest principle for any of us parents to grasp. He says that every single one of us are people who become foolish, disobedient, slaves to passions and pleasures, filled with malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. That is what sin looks like. We parents are doing our dead level best to keep you from that. And yet, what Paul demonstrates is no matter how hard we try, you are still going to get caught up in it. And that freaks us out. In fact, most of the mistakes we make come from trying so hard to somehow control and manipulate things so that this inevitable truth will not happen. What does that mean? It doesn’t mean we parents should give up. Further, it doesn’t mean you should ignore your parents. We should train and you should listen. But it does mean that when you, like us, fall prey to sin and fall short of your godly parents’ training, turn to Jesus. He will save you just as He is saving us. Praise the Lord!
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