Restrained Living in an Unrestrained World
Is Every Area of My Life Mastered by Christ?
In our passage today, God shines the spotlight on the next generation of leaders for Christ's church. Young men, who will grow up as the godly and mature servants of God, must begin to cultivate these six qualities. Let's read them again in Titus 2:6-7.
Here is God's plan for each young man in the church, and the questions that each young man needs to be asked:
v. 6 "Likewise exhort the young men to be sober-minded":
Ask them: Do you have a firm resolve to Live a Restrained Life in an Unrestrained World?
v. 7 "in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works":
Ask them: Do you seek to Become Representations of Christ In A Christ-less World?
"in doctrine showing integrity":
Ask them: Do you have a constant desire to Maintain Godly Purity In An Impure World?
Ask them: Do you have the vigilant attitude of Keeping A Singular Focus In A Blurred World?
Ask them: Do you know God wants you to shine before our sin-darkened world by Keeping an Incorruptible Life in a Decaying World?
v. 8 "sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you". (NKJV):
Restrained living was the single character quality God wanted in every level of His Church. This is the only lesson all four groups, that make up everyone in the church, must be taught. This is the only common denominator that describes what God expects from everyone.
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