“They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.” – Titus 1:16 NIV
If Paul was writing your family or your church a letter, what would he say? Would he encourage you for being bold in your witness or faithful in your love for others? Or, would he have to write a letter to reprimand you for you lack of faith and godlessness.
Paul is writing this letter to Titus to give him authority to go to the church at Crete to get rid of the church leaders there and then put new leadership in place. The church leadership was corrupt and needed changing.
May it never be said of us that, “we claim to know God, but by our actions we deny him.” Help us Lord to be faithful to you always. In our words and in our actions.
Tomorrow as we get into the last two chapters of the letter we will see Paul’s missionary strategy unfold. He wants the leadership changed in the house churches at Crete because he sees Crete as a wonderful place to launch out around that region with the Gospel. He has hope that if the church there can live in the culture – but be different – that they can in fact make a difference for Christ in a very corrupt world. That’s a good word for us today too. Check back tomorrow as we read Titus 2 & 3.