Monday, January 29 – Titus 1:1-2
Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago.
When you meet someone new, what are the first things you say to describe yourself? Maybe it’s your job or where you are from. Maybe you immediately jump into finding something in common with the person you are meeting. The ways we choose to describe ourselves give context about who we are. For Paul, this introduction was written to a familiar group of people. He wasn’t giving new fun facts about himself. These things had been true, but they were important to say because it gave context for where Paul was coming from. He wasn’t coming from a place of pride over religious knowledge but from dependency on God and a life changed by an eternal hope.
When we advise others, our words are often based on our own experiences or opinions. This can be helpful, but it can only go so far. When we take the extra moment to pray and ask the Lord what He would have us say or do, we remind ourselves of a key to the identity we share with Paul, a bondservant of God. When we remember our true identity, what overflows is the knowledge of truth, a life of godliness, and eternal hope. These are wonderful things we can’t gain or accomplish on our own. Let us, like Paul, look to the Author of our faith and eternal King by living our lives in submission to Him. In Him, we find guidance and wisdom that points to a hope that is secure and available for all who believe.
- When have you been unsure on how to advise someone? What did you do?
- What would it look like to live as a bondservant of God? What would change in your life? What would be the same?
- Pray and ask God to remind you of your joyful identity as His bondservant.