You Can Touch the World - Day 4
Father God, thank you for your word. I pray that the words written are the words I will hear, that they will resonate and make a permanent mark on my heart and soul. Please bless me with understanding and discernment as I read and with humility to apply your word to my life! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Read: Titus 3:9, NKJV
9 “But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless.”
When Paul wrote to Titus, it appears local gatherings of believers (probably house churches) have reached a point where they require more formal and established leaders. There was much strife within “the church” based on different individual leader’s beliefs and understanding/interpretation of the scriptures. The leaders were arguing about the importance of bloodlines, mosaic law, and their own personal beliefs about the faith. There were many false teachers teaching false doctrine…. teaching that “holy” living was more important than living by the saving grace through faith doctrine (faith vs. acts). Paul says it’s not even worth getting into these discussions because it would cause more confusion and strife. Paul’s concern was that there would be further division of the people.
Unfortunately, that sounds very similar to what we see today. We routinely hear about one denomination being correct rather than another. We have one church after another “requiring” certain practices of their congregation as though that’s what’s most important. And, there is a huge rise in “health and wealth” preaching which is extremely dangerous. As it was 2000 years ago, many of this nation’s church leaders have and continue to miss the mark regarding the teaching of Truth. In most cases, their “truth” could not be farther from THE Truth and it’s creating great division among Christians.
First, know your Bible. Know what is “doctrinally sound” teaching. Know that the only genealogy that’s important is that of you being a son or daughter of God. Understand that your “good works” are nothing but products of your salvation and they in no way provide your salvation. Remember, the Bible tells us that our good works are nothing but “filthy rags.” Lastly, be intentional about avoiding conversations/debates around these topics. Your time is far more valuable and better used simply living out your salvation!
Heavenly Father, forgive me if I have ever been caught up in senseless, useless conversations about “faith”. Please God, fill me with your Holy Spirit that my focus will always be on your Son, my Savior! May my life be an example of accepting your saving grace and may people see you through me, all to your glory!!! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!