Crete then, like many of the places you go today, had people of all ages. Paul’s letter to Titus had some specific ways that Titus could influence the different age groups. Even if you aren’t the older women or the younger man he’s writing about, almost everything described has a place in our lives. And how we live influences how others see Jesus.
To Think About:
- Read Titus 2:1-6. Self-control is a trait for elders (1:8), older men (2:2), younger women (2:5), and younger men (2:6). Why do you think Paul mentions it so often? How can a lack of self-control be seen in others? How does a lack of self-control show up in your own life?
- Read Titus 2:7-8. Titus is to be an example in actions and words. Who are some of the obvious people that are watching you? Who is watching you that you might not have considered? Do any of them have anything bad to say about Christians because of your words or actions?
- Read 2 Kings 5:1-14. The young girl appears to practice self-control. She spoke to the right person at the right time. While she spoke of Elisha, you can speak of Jesus. In what ways are her actions and words an example for you?
To Live Out:
Whether older or younger, new to faith or faithful for decades, you are leading by example. It doesn’t take a formal title or a special place to make you someone else’s teacher. Even more than a teacher, you can be someone’s servant. As you put them first, you can change their world and point them to Jesus.
To Pray About:
Remember the 40 Days of Prayer that NCOC is currently doing together.