You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.
…so that no one will malign the word of God.
…so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
…so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Saviour attractive.
Titus 2:1, 5b,8b,10b, NIV*
In the book of Titus, the Apostle Paul places a lot of emphasis on teaching Christians to live in a godly manner and to do good. He’s writing to a new church, its people recent converts from paganism and immoral lifestyles, and that may explain why they need so much teaching on how to behave as children of God.
Today we still need this teaching—not only on how to behave, but why.
Paul never forgets that the outward behaviour has a purpose: “so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Saviour attractive.”
Who wants to follow a Way that turns its people rigid, repressed or ranting? Hopeful people, on the other hand, those who can stay strong even in hard times and who radiate an inner joy… now they have something others might want.
Jesus came to show us what God is really like, and to reconcile us to Him. He charged His disciples (and us down through the centuries) to carry on His work. He kept close to the Father and served in love. We need to do the same.
Father, thank You for saving us, and for changing and equipping us to live in ways that please You. We could never do that on our own. Help us remember why we’re to do good and to live right, that our behaviour isn’t the ultimate end. Help us be living demonstrations of Your love, because we love You.