Titus 2:8 (HCSB)
8 Your message is to be sound beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be ashamed, having nothing bad to say about us.
Paul moves on after giving a review of the duty of Titus, to outline what the teaching and example of Titus and the church should look like. There is much that we, as believers, should take away from this passage.
- Our teaching should be “sound”, and “above reproach”. It should be God’s truth that is put forward. And this is not just a command for pastors or elders, but for all men and women. Paul, in Titus 2:2-7, clearly outlines that seasoned men and women should be examples, encouraging the next generations to follow in the same path. Seems this should be common sense to us. We should lead by example, not just saying. We all know as children we learn to emulate those who hold sway in our lives, good behaviors and bad. Shouldn’t the church be the same way, and therefore much more mindful about it? This glorifies God, and unarms the enemy (Titus 2:8). And do not think that we are not teachers: parents teach children, friends teach friends, co-workers teach co-workers.
- Our way of life, how we behave and handle ourselves in everyday situations, is often just as important as purposeful teaching. Self-control, dignity, respectful… these are the traits we should exude. Why might it be that Paul addresses “slaves” directly in Titus 2:9? Perhaps because the enslaved might have the most worldly reason to engage in sinful behavior such as rebellion, theft, and disrespect? No matter, we know that all people, slaves and masters, should act with respect to each other from Ephesians 6:5-9.
- In the end, we should behave like the people that Jesus has redeemed. We should behave like the people thankful for the gift of salvation. We should act like the people who have been redeemed “from all lawlessness”, “cleansed for Himself”, and a people “eager to do good works”. And not only should we live these things, this life, but we should proclaim it with authority! (Titus 2:15)
Lord, thank You for placing those in our lives to follow their example. I pray that we do so, that we chase after the Godly, and we are an example for those coming behind us. Help us to be brave and bold, speaking and teaching Your truth, and following Your guidance, in a world increasingly separated from You. Amen.