Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
(Titus 2:11-14 (NIV))
Are you eager to do what is good?
Think about that question for a moment. This means that we are eager to do the right thing in all circumstances and not only when we are among other believers. It means that we live up the title of “Christian” all of the time. Think about that title. Followers of Jesus were given this name by the Romans because of the way that they acted. It literally means “little Christ.” It was meant as a sarcastic label, but the believers took the name as a name of honor.
They took the name with grace. They said “No” to what the Roman world was doing and they were willing to take a stand for what they believed. The were willing to give their lives if necessary. They relied upon the promises of God and the blessed hope of the glorious appearing. They desired to do what was good in the eyes of God no matter what the circumstances.
Today, too many people profess a faith as long as it does not mean that they will be hindered or ridiculed in any way. These type of people are in it only as long as nobody in the other crowd knows that they are Christians. They follow Jesus only when it is convenient. They change their persona as if they were changing a shirt. Their definition of good changes depending on how it fits in with what they need at the moment. They do not possess self-control. They sway with the wind and give in to wickedness.
If someone sarcastically calls you a “Christian,” would you eagerly confirm their sarcasm or would you deny Jesus?