Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 174/260: Read Titus 1

The last verse of the first chapter of Titus is sobering, but it describes so many people throughout the ages. You might read it and think of a family member or friends that fit the description, or perhaps a neighbor. Particularly jarring is the thought that it might describe you. “They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.”

Do you see yourself in Paul’s words? Do you “profess to know God,” showing up for worship services and maybe even Bible classes, wearing a cross on a chain around your neck, displaying a “Honk if you love Jesus” bumper sticker on your car, “but in works…deny Him”?

Earlier in the chapter, Paul set out the qualifications for bishops in the church. Look at the character traits of a man who can serve: “blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word.” Do those words describe you? If not, why not?

Every Christian should strive to meet the character traits set forth for the office of a bishop, though not all may desire to serve in that capacity, or may not meet the domestic qualifications. But as far as the character of the person goes, those words should describe you. The alternative is “abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.” How do you want to be described by God?

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

2 Timothy 2:15. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a ________ who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of ________.

Pray

Pray for yourself, for your character, and for your disposition.

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