“It just dawned on me that there are 70 pounds of you that I’m not legally married to!” These words could be said by my wife Linda, but she wouldn’t. But she could. Physically, I need to lose “a few pounds” — and I’m working on it.
Diet and exercise — that’s what I’m doing. And it’s working! My problem (among the many that I have) is that I sometimes try to do too much exercise. Like yesterday when I played two sets of singles tennis and then had a doubles match last night! My legs are speaking to me this morning and saying things that Christian legs ought not to say.
But I want to get “in shape”, to “be fit.” And that’s going take some work.
So it is in the Christian life. We’ve been looking at the little epistle of Titus and seeing Paul’s concern for the spiritual health of this young Christian leader. We move into chapter three of this letter:
Paul’s admonitions to Titus in this section relate to how we treat others. Specifically, believers have an obligation to “be subject to rulers and authorities.” A rebellious, anti-government attitude is not to characterize the follower of Jesus. Obedience to God-appointed authority is a sign of spiritual health.
We are “to be ready to do whatever is good” (v. 1). The spiritually healthy believer is an active believer, one who looks for opportunities to show by his or her works that the God of the Bible is real and wants a relationship with His creation.
Our speech (“to slander no one”) and our heart attitudes (“to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone”) are healthy conditions towards which we ought to strive. The grouchy Christian is a contradiction in terms. The harsh believer needs to drop down and do twenty push-ups, realizing that His Savior is gentle in heart.
The Lord Jesus — God manifest in the flesh — was subject to authorities, obedient, ready to do whatever is good, slandered no one, was peaceable and considerate and always gentle towards everyone. And I want to be like Him. You? (to be continued)