Be On Guard

Oct. 28, 2021

Scripture Readings

Titus 3 begins by saying

“… be submissive to rulers and authorities, be obedient, be ready for every good work. Avoid quarrelling, be gentle, and show perfect courtesy toward all people.”

The pace of change this year has been much to grapple with. What is allowed, what is not, what is recommended, what is now not recommended. It constantly changes. What do all these new changes mean? Are the rule-makers right? How shall I respond?

Paul is speaking clearly to believers who have been saved for a purpose to DO GOOD. When we accepted the grace he extended us, we became heirs of his eternal kingdom, and heirs to his mission, his good work with a new purpose.

As I read this I’m reminded of my calling. 

And yet there are those days I live out of my flesh, my humanity. I lose my focus, become sidetracked. I’ve come under confusion or have been subjected to the noise of the world. All that to say: I struggle to think and see clearly.

Verse 5 Paul speaks of our being regenerated, renewed by the Holy Spirit.

This also reminds me of Romans 12:2 “be transformed by the renew(ing) of your mind” 

These words “re-new” and “re-generate” mean again or on-going, this practice I’m called to over and over as I live out my days here on earth under Christ’s grace and mercy.

Note Verse 9 that we are to “avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.“

Paul says that as heirs to the kingdom, we ought to avoid conflicts that are not profitable; they are a waste of time and energy and only contribute toward further strife.

Being devoted to doing good, looks like being respectful, showing courtesy towards all people for the purpose of remaining fruitful and profitable for the kingdom.

May we be on guard today against quarrels and controversies that do not lead to promoting goodness in ourselves and others. May we lift our eyes upward and seek his will through the renewal and regeneration of his words.

This passage was written many centuries ago and feels as though it was written for our instruction today.

Julie Greb