This Weekly Devotional connects to the current Adult Sunday School series. Although it is related to the Sunday School curriculum, it is also designed to be meaningful to everyone.

January 19, 2023

Titus 2:1-10 NIV You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. 3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. 6 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. 9 Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, 10 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.

If you’ve ever seen 5-year olds in a “soccer game,” it’s a mess – an absolute mess. Essentially, you have a dozen kids swarming around the ball, kicking frantically. There’s always the odd kid zoning out, counting the clouds or tracking the movement on an ant. But on the whole, they’re a bunch of Labrador Retrievers, happily running around in a pack, barking, excited about nothing. When you coach 4-year olds, you don’t come up with plays; you’ve got basically 3 things you are trying to help them learn (other than “don’t bite each other”) – go the right direction, don’t walk off the field while the game is going on, and there is such a thing as positions. That’s what Paul is up to here. Paul is the coach. In Titus 2 he gives a list of specialized instructions to various groups in the church, ranging from retired people to young men; from homemakers to business leaders and employees. He is trying to get them to do those same 3 things: a) all go the same direction (the direction set out by the gospel); b) to not leave the field early; and c) to play their positions. Paul’s coaching is just appropriate for us today in our crazy world as it was for the people of Crete.

Think about Paul’s coaching as it applies to you in your position today.
Examine your spiritual walk in the context of each of his instructions.
Commit yourself to begin tomorrow to a plan to improve one of these.
Pray about your plan.

Prayer: Lord, we thank you for Your word that gives us guidance of how we as Christians should demonstrate Your love. Help me to grow spiritually according to Your will.