May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016

Titus 2:3-5 Monday
Imagine what the church would look like if we began to live this verse? Imagine how different your life would be if others had? We talked this week about the importance of the relationships we are engaging in and a lot of time we look at our relationships from a very selfish perspective. We wonder how will this person help me, and how will their company make me better. What this verse is suggesting is that maybe we should be thinking about what our presence can do for someone else. Imagine the mistakes you could prevent. The tears you could stop. The hurt you could prevent by stepping into someone’s life.
In this verse Paul is encouraging those who are more mature, more experienced to grab those around them who may not be and pour into them. Give them some of your time and wisdom, and advice. Save them some of the pains you’ve had to suffer and learn by passing on the wisdom of your maturity.
The hardest part about this is the vulnerability. In order to make ourselves available to others and in order to let them see what God has done in and through us we’ve got to let down the guard that keeps people out and actually share who we are.
The reward of this is amazing though. It’s why Paul so frequently used his own past and shames to help others. He would remind them that he was the guy who tried to kill Christians, “chief sinner” as he would say. Not bragging about who he was, but rejoicing in what he had found. When we start telling our stories, sharing them with those coming behind us, we show everyone that we may be broken but God is faithful.

Who are you sharing your stories with?

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