Day Four: Paul Insists!

Inˈsist/– verb – demand something forcefully, not accepting refusal.

Titus 3:8,14 (NLT) – This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.
Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive.

Titus is a very interesting letter, in that Cretans had quite the reputation of being lazy gluttons. But Paul is calling for a counter cultural approach. The display of love for Jesus is the doing of good that is entirely “not normal” to their context, and there is an aspect of urging, an insistence (3:8). This will be beneficial to the church and for the people of God to become productive, in contrast to their current culture (3:14). Our M.O. as Christians is to live in the calling of the people of God according to what is “normal” in God’s kingdom. Paul insists and demands we live this way, and no other way.

Today, may your faith grow, as we trust in God, and devote ourselves to doing good, building one another up. As you pray, worship with this song “Your Love is Strong” (click here) written by Jon Foreman, for His love is strong, and He knows what we need to live as his people.

– LB