“It is essential to keep practicing His values and meditating upon His goodness while we wait for the complete rule of grace to take over!”
In January I decided to ditch reading the whole Bible in 2018, and came up with a new plan of my own. I decided that instead of reading the whole Bible, I am going to pick a book in the Bible each month to read fully and “meditate” in that book for the whole month. I figured by picking just one book to focus on, I can really absorb the major concepts, learn more about my Lord, and not be so overwhelmed. I can really take my time getting to know other aspects of my Lord, and actually savor it, not just remember it for one day and then forget, which happens too frequently in our culture.
With that said, February’s book of focus was a smaller book, yet one filled with so much wisdom and light. I decided to focus on Paul’s epistle of Titus, which is a very small letter to the island of Crete. Like previously stated in January’s review, this blog post will be an overview of what I learned in the book of meditation for that previous month. I will give main takeaways from each chapter in the book, my favorite verse from each chapter in the book, and an overall “conclusion” of what that book meant to me. So here is my second “Bible book review” of 2018.
Titus is, and always will be, my “go-to” book when I feel like I am denying what God has called me to. I think often in our culture, we fall into our “Christ-centered plan” for life but not HIS “Christ-centered plan” for life. I know I am guilty of asking why God is not working in my favor when deep down I know that I am denying what He is calling me to do, even if what I may be doing is completely Godly, and faithful to Him. And that is where Titus comes in. This book is always a huge eye opener to where my relationship is at with the Lord, and if I am truly being active within His presence and will. I will read this book when I feel like I need a better outlook on obedience to God, patience with God, and building my character upon God’s truths. I hope after reading this “review” you might begin to see why.
Chapter 1 – building your foundation upon His promises.
Favorite Verse in Titus Chapter 1 = 1:15-16 “To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing in pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for doing anything good.”
The only “qualification” to being a Christian is to know God. You must never stop getting to know Him, you need to build a direct relationship with Him. Get to know His truth, His love, and His honesty. Focus solely on Him and your foundation will be pure. You will see more good, you will be more generous, and above all, more people will see God. Sometimes, “the only Bible people will ever see” is based upon your actions and life choices… are you leading more people to Christ?
Chapter 2 – doing good for the sake of the Gospel.
Favorite Verse in Titus Chapter 2 = 2:7-8 “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”
Our lives must not only be grounded on His truth in Scripture, but active within His constant presence. We must learn to live out our knowledge in Christ and activate His grace upon others through our own testimonies/examples of His unfailing redemption and love. Seek to live a motivating lifestyle, full of authenticity and compassion. You most likely are not going to win over everyone, but you will leave your mark by doing what is just and pure. We only are able to grow in Christ by activating His influence of grace through our lives.
Chapter 3 – we are saved in order to do good!
Favorite Verse in Titus Chapter 3 = 3:3-7 “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”
We do not deserve the blessed free gift of grace. At one time we were foolish and enslaved to all kinds of sins and pleasures… however, we became free when Christ redeemed us, we were forgiven when the Lord called us, and our past was washed away when we received the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we must use our renewal in Christ for good onto others. We must devote ourselves to this free gift of salvation and always spread the love of Christ onto all people. Good work is not going to save us, but it will show God how strong our faith is in Him, and how deep our love is for Christ.
Book of Titus Conclusion: We teach and we grow by example; leaving a positive, pure, grounded, and genuine mark on other by our values through Christ. Therefore, stay consistent in your practices and active within the application of His truth onto your life, He will reward you. For you were not saved because of your good deeds, but because of your worthiness in His eyes. Seek to view life through the eyes of God, and always strive to spread the free gift of grace onto all of those you touch. Our conduct speaks volumes about what we believe… what do people know about God by watching your life?
Remember, the Lord is your justifier, and He knows where your heart is at. He knows your intentions, and He knows the power you can have within Him, trust Him. Develop your character grounded from His truth, and build your knowledge about Him through constantly living out the Word. All you need to do is take full advantage of this free gift of grace, and use it to lift Him high. He will reward you. Be patient. Be working. And, be bold.
With all that I am,