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23-11-2019  |  Grace Henry  |  YOUTH

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Day 23 - A gospel shaped citizen
Titus 3:1-2
Grace Henry

Reflection Questions

  1. What behaviours does a Gospel Shaped Citizen possess?

  2. Why do you think we as Christians can struggle to be obedient?

  3. From this devotion, how do you think we can become a more gospel Shaped Citizen?

 

Devotion Transcript (Watch on Baptist Youth Youtube Channel)

“1 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarrelling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”

 

I don’t know about you, but I can be pretty forgetful. We can so easily forget to put the wash on, do our homework, people’s birthdays, to say thank you for things, or to take our tablets whenever reminders are required

Here, at the start of chapter 3, Paul is instructing Titus to remind the people of Crete about important things that they have clearly forgotten. So what is Titus to remind them of? Look with me at the passage again.

“1 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarrelling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”

By reading these first two verses, we see that Paul is wanting Titus to remind the churches that a gospel shaped citizen’s behaviour outside of the church is to be sensitive towards two groups. Look with me at v1.

Gospel Shaped Citizen: Government Authorities (v1)

“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work”

Firstly, to be submissive (Or to be subject) to who? To rulers and authorities, so the people of Crete should be living their lives in line appropriately with the established governing powers.

They are also reminded “to be obedient.” This covers an earthly and heavenly obedience. It’s important to remember that these people are lairs, evil beasts and lazy gluttons so they are in desperate need of being reminded that they are to be obedient to God as well as rulers and authorities.

They are also “to be ready for every good work.” Cretans had a reputation for a lack of self-control, Christian witness, personal integrity. Their corporate reputation would suffer i

f believers lived scofflaw lives and thought they were above the law.

Gospel Shaped Citizen: To All People

In verse 2 we come across the second group. Look with me at v2

“to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarrelling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people” Here Paul introduces a list. They are to speak evil (badly) of no one, avoid quarrelling (arguing), be gentle, and show perfect courtesy (politeness). But to who? All people. Often, we can find ourselves picking and choosing who we treat nicely when, in actual fact, we are called to show politeness to everyone. It's easier said than done, but we as Christians are to be gospel shaped Cctizen’s. We are to imitators of Jesus.

So, how can we be a gospel shaped citizen? Well, it involves reminding ourselves that we are not above the law unless it goes against God’s authority - He is our first authority. Lastly, we are to show peace, gentleness, and meekness (humility) to all people around us.