READ: Titus 3:1-8
Speak evil of no one, . . . be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. —Titus 3:2
It’s been several decades since a high school event devastated me. Playing
sports was hugely important to me. I zeroed in on basketball and spent
hundreds of hours practicing my game. So when I didn’t make the varsity
team in my last year after being on the team since junior high, I was
Disappointed and confused, I carried on. I became a stats guy for the team, going to games and keeping track of my friends’ rebounds and shots as they got
within one game of the state championship without me. To be honest, I
never thought of how they were viewing my response. I just muddled
through. That’s why I was surprised recently to hear that several of my
classmates told my brother that they saw in my response a lesson in
Christianity—a picture of Christ. My point is not to tell you to do as I did, because I’m not sure what I did. My point is this: Whether we know it or not, people are watching us.
In Titus 3:1-8, Paul explains the life God enables us to live—a life of
respect, obedience, and kindness that results from being reborn through
Jesus and renewed by the Holy Spirit who has been poured out on us.
As we live a Spirit-guided life, God will show the reality of His presence to others through us. —Dave Branon
Dear Father, You know how inadequate I am.
Please equip me through the Spirit to show love
and respect in my life so that others will see
through me and see You.
A Christian is a living sermon whether or not he preaches a word.