Recently while in the home of a family with school-aged children, the subject of school was brought up. The eleven year-old son spoke up, “Why did you have to ruin the night and talk abut that? I HATE school.” His father was quick to remind him that one will always be learning while they’re alive. Of course, the young son was not especially encouraged by this thought, but my mind has gone back to that conversation as I’ve studied Titus 2 this weekend.
Titus 2:11, 12 says, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness, and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” It is by the grace of God that salvation is revealed to ALL men. Not all accept it. They have a volition and they either choose God’s grace gift, or refuse it. However, ALL that are saved are discipled by God’s grace. It is His grace that teaches us that we must deny ungodliness. This verb (“denying) emphasizes the firm resolve of the believer who heartily refuses to participate in the world system. It is by His grace that we can refuse it!
How do we continue to be sanctified, trained, and taught? This first thing is to live soberly. This means to be sensible; mentally stable and disciplined. Is this possible in today’s busy lifestyle? Yes! This word indicates that the Word of God is so well incorporated in the soul that the Christian’s standards of life are God’s standards. As we read the Word the Holy Spirit teaches us what we should do and not do. Instead of being directed by our feelings, the opinions of others, or some worldly philosophy, our directives are guided by the sensible mind that is disciplined enough to study the Word of God and obey it. We will find ourselves moving on steadily, growing in our Christian lives rather than jumping around “helter-sketler.”
May we allow the God that saved us to teach us today; to help our minds to be stable. Class starts as soon as you put your feet on the floor. Be encouraged – our Instructor gives us what we do not deserve (and what my 11 year-old friend wants from his teacher) – grace!