Friday, February 9 – Titus 1:9
Holding firmly the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict it.
Most of us are familiar with one of the essential pieces of equipment on a boat—the anchor. The anchor is a weight that is let down when the boat needs to stay in one place. Without an anchor, the boat would drift and move throughout the waters without direction. A sailor could make their best efforts to stay in one place, but they would always move without an anchor. The anchor holds them while the waves move around them.
The Word of God is the anchor for the Christian life; it is the weight that holds us in place when the waves of opinion and skepticism try to move us in different directions. But the anchor does no good for the sailor if it remains sitting on the deck of the boat. The anchor can only do its job when it is deployed for its purpose. So many of us have many Bibles in our possession but have not deployed God’s Word as the anchor for our lives. We gather good ideas from it, but we are not daily engaged for the purpose of change. A good leader not only has the anchor of the Word, but also uses it for its purpose. They are changed by the Word and hold onto it even when the opinions of others overwhelm them. They first look for how it can change their lives instead of using it to measure up others. It is more than a value system or a rule book, it is the living Word of God that shapes all of life. We all need this saturation of the Word for our lives. We each need to deploy this anchor and hold firmly to it in every moment.
- What does your time in the Word look like? How would you like to grow in it?
- Who in your life is faithful to the Word? How do they exemplify that?
- Pray and ask God to give you a love and desire to hold firmly to His Word.