Our Household in God’s Household

Today’s reading is Titus 2.

Yesterday, we learned there were insubordinate, empty talking, deceivers who were upsetting whole families teaching for shameful gain what ought not be taught. At the beginning of today’s reading, Paul turns that around on Titus. “No matter what anyone else is doing, Titus, you teach what accords with sound, healthy, faithful teaching. Those other guys are upsetting households, you settle them.” And then he talks about how everyone in a household should behave, whether male or female, whether old or young. But keep this in the context. Paul didn’t write this here so when we are preaching a series through Titus we could preach some lessons on the home. He is actually describing the battle in the vile culture of Crete. Please see, the battle isn’t won on Facebook. It isn’t won in a courthouse. It isn’t won on the floors of Congress. It is won in our households. Sure, it is great when laws get passed that support truth. But in the midst of Crete, Christians fight the good fight of faith not by conducting political battles but by living in their own households distinctly and differently, living soberly, steadfastly, lovingly, self-controlled, exemplary lives in a way that the ungodly are put to shame as they try to find some way to make an accusation against us. I think this may be a needed teaching for us today as well.

Tomorrow’s reading is Titus 3 .

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Honorable Spouses

Today’s reading is 1 Peter 3.

Peter doesn’t just tell us to live honorably before the Gentiles (meaning non-disciples in this context), he actually gives examples. In yesterday’s reading he talked about submitting to the government which persecuted Christians and about slaves submitting honorably to masters even when the masters weren’t being honorable. In today’s reading, he begins by talking about honorable spouses. Please, keep that in mind as you read this chapter. Peter is not just talking about husbands and wives out of the blue, he is giving examples of what it means to be holy and honorable while in exile behind enemy lines. He is talking about what it means to be holy and honorable even if you are sleeping with the enemy. And this should tell us something about all marriages, even those between Christians. We are to live holy and honorably in our marriages because the most important goal in marriage is our spouse’s salvation, not for us to get our way, not for us to be happy, not for us to be served, but for our spouse to glorify God in the day of visitation. This doesn’t mean all spouses of Christians will come around. Some won’t. But that is the goal and the governing principle behind our behavior in marriage. Keep that in mind today whether or not your spouse is a Christian.

Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Peter 4.

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