Tuesday 15 June, 2021

Titus 1:1-4

1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, 3 and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Saviour, 4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour.

I always appreciate the way Paul opens his letters. Our written communications today are so rushed and instant that we rarely consider our word’s impact or bearing, let alone reflect back on what we wrote. Yet we know how valuable a kind word of encouragement can be, and how a loving response can warm us on the inside. Paul’s letter to Titus, on the island of Crete, provides such encouragement and guidance.

Paul’s focus of introducing himself falls upon how he is aligned with God. He describes himself in two significant ways: a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ. Paul is firmly planted in who he is in Christ. His faith that his Saviour is real, truthful and a promise keeper. This introduction reminds me that all else comes second to my faith in God. My marital status, church service, occupation, children, hobbies, etc. will always pale to God. The irony is, that no matter how high I intentionally or unintentionally elevate these other aspects of my life, I end up putting God higher.

Lord, we thank you for your knowledge of the truth and that you promise the hope of eternal life. As we pick up our cross and face the day before us, may we continue to glorify and make you known. We serve You whole-heartedly, as Paul did, where you have placed us. Father, may your grace and peace be upon those we interact with today. May our words reflect your love as we continue the work of sharing the Gospel. In your precious name, Jesus.    Amen

Written by Sven Bessesen

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