Today’s reading is Titus 1.
I almost hate to use the word “conform” because there are so many negative connotations to “conformity” in today’s thinking. However, whether we will admit it or not, we all conform to something. We all fill some mold, whether we conform to Christ or to sin, we conform to something. And Paul warns us. There are plenty who confess Jesus, but refuse to conform to Him. They know the right words to say, but they deny those words by their actions. These, Paul declares, are “detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.” In other words, even what seemingly “good” things they do are not actually good. Their “good” works are defiled by their conformity to sin. We must not only talk the talk, we must walk our talk. Certainly, we will all fail. We will all stumble and fall as we walk. But our confession of Christ is supposed to change our lives to conform to Christ. If our confession doesn’t produce greater conformity, our confession is useless. Confess today, certainly. But let your confession lead to Christlike conformity.
Tomorrow’s reading is Titus 2.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, be careful who you follow as you grow up. There are some who are humble, hospitable, and holy. There are others who are deceivers, empty talkers, and disobedient. I’ll warn you. That second group will often seem more fun. They will tell you what you want to hear. They will encourage you to live the way that seems natural to you. And since that is easier, you will be tempted to simply listen to them. Don’t. Listen to that first group. Sure, you’ll be able to find chinks in their armor. They aren’t perfect. They have made mistakes and will. But they are leading you to Jesus as they are walking to Him. Follow them as they follow Jesus. In the end, I promise, you’ll be glad you did.