Along with the passage identified in the title of the post, I was reading from N.T. Wrights’s 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus book which I purchased on Amazon for kindle. This is “the book” that I am referring to, unless otherwise noted.
What Stood Out To Me?
I’ve been reading different things throughout the bible where they are calling for a man of good standing who only has one wife. This stands out to me and makes me feel happy because it solidifies in my mind, that God is calling us to be faithful to only one spouse and it’s not just because this culture encourages it. And that when people say things like “monogamy is unnatural” they are crazy.
Titus 1:16 Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.
I need to be sure that I am showing God through the way I live. That when people look at me they know I’m a Christian. The only way I know how to be sure of this, is to be sure that I am asking to be filled with the Holy Spirit on a daily basis and being sure that I am sensitive to His guiding and leading.
What is God Trying to Tell Me? or
What Does This Tell Me About God?
Think of an experience in your life when you wished for “what was to come” instead of “what was at that time.” Describe what it was like.
In the Navy and in college, Sean and I were married with a kid and yet, we always felt like our lives were on hold. We would always say how we couldn’t do what we wanted to do until we were out of the Navy, or graduated from college. When we were in the Navy we wanted to go to college, but when we were in college, all we wanted was to graduate and get a job, and buy a house, etc. We always felt like the present wasn’t good enough and therefore, we became unsatisfied and felt stuck. Looking back, I had given up on our lives. I had given up thinking we could do something with what we had and where we were. I don’t feel that way now, but I also know that reading a book helped me. The book was called “Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Contentment“. I listened to it when I was working in the city and all I wanted to do was be a stay at home mom and also we were struggling with infertility. I was always looking at what was next, and after listening to (lets be honest) about half of this book, I started to feel good about where I was.
I think this is telling me that I need to be in the present and focusing on what God is calling me to do right now. What can I do for his kingdom where he has currently placed me? Titus was ready for his calling in Crete.
Q 12. What does this passage say about the Western church today?
It reminds me that we are in this world now as well. People are deceived and don’t want to believe truth and “healthy teachings”. We need to have caution when speaking God’s truth to be sure that we are not allowing the world to mask what we are saying or thinking. I also believe HIGHLY that when you look at Judges when they were immersed in this world of paganism, they believed all these things and they did not know God. And it is easy to be swept up in the world we live in today and not draw closer to God and learn who he is. It’s easy to mix God and the world together and thing it’s an okay way to live. But the way I see it, the world today is evil and freaking messed up. There’s no way you can live with a bit of the world and a bit of God and be “doing it right.” I know that I need to work on this.
Source: N. T. Wright. 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus (N. T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study Guides) (Kindle Locations 407-412). Kindle Edition.