Read Titus 3:1-15
How many times in your life have you made confident statements of what you have planned and put them on the calendar without a second thought? Here are a few of mine.
- I am flying to Oklahoma to see the grand kids!
- I am having a family meal with my in-laws this weekend!
- I am going to a Bible study at church next week!
None of these seem like a challenge to say or achieve, but that all changed didn’t it? I’ve heard the phrase “new reality” used quite a bit. In this “new reality,” I have experienced moments of sadness and joy. Ultimately, I have recognized my lack of control. That is the main thing for me. I have less and less control. And you know what? I sure needed it.
In my world of freedoms and whimsical choices I have been re-awakened to the reality of how temporal this earthly life is. My conversations with family and others as I go about the neighborhood, using social distancing of course, have so much more meaning and my conversations have been laser-focused.
I ask questions and take time to hear answers. “How are you? How is your family? Do you need anything?” The response has been authentic and has encouraged neighbors to pop over and share with us or ask questions. Questions or statements have been about church, and faith and God purposes and what is going on in their homes and how they are really doing! The weather is rarely a topic and I don’t really care if I am still in my sweats and haven’t brushed my hair when I see them. I am just SO HAPPY and THANKFUL to see them and serve them as I am able.
I enjoy simplicity and beautiful things. I believe what I have shared is just that for me. I am thankful to my Heavenly Father who prompts my heart with His Word and asks me to worship Him in each situation of my life.
I have read the book of Titus repeatedly over these last few weeks. Ponder these truths as Christ followers so we can live them out and share the hope and peace of Jesus Christ during theses days of opportunity.
Titus 3:5-6 “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us; through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.”
Because of this relationship with Jesus Christ, we can, with excitement and perseverance, live out Titus 3:14 as a church. “And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.”
When I get out, I desire to have been a fruit bearer for my Heavenly Father! Join me!