“Trouble-Shooting With Titus”
“Good Citizens” (3:1-3)
Amongst our fellow citizens. The Christian’s motive is the highest possible, that of the Lord’s will. It is this that ought to make us the best, the choicest people of all upon the planet, or in any society. We are those who obey for Christ’s and for conscience’s sake. For love’s sake. We take our place in society and our share of its workload and burdens. It’s what Jesus calls being salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16).
It means subjection to governmental authorities. Obedience to state laws that they make for community at large. Yes, speed limits, parking zones, paying our taxes (including VAT), our timing keeping at work, returning quality work for our employer. How practical is the Bible I ask you! The only limit to our subjection is the word of God. We are to be the very best citizens. We are to be good neighbours v2. We treat people, whoever they are, with respect, we value them, show them courtesy. That means no ugly tempers or sinful language (Philippians 4:5). Do not fighting folk make wretched neighbours? What’s that phrase we use “neighbours from hell.” We are the “neighbours from heaven.” Learning to yield our rights as our Saviour himself did (Philippians 2:5-6).
We, as Christian citizens are by our witness to show the world that we have become citizens of heaven, that we have been transformed by God’s grace. We remind ourselves of course, that once we were mindless, perverse, leading lives of disobedience v3. We were slaves to the most motley lusts. Involved in all kinds of moral evil. So let these Cretans, and us, look back at their former lives, and what they see in the world around them now. And then begin to understand the love, the kindness that has been shown to them. And where that saving grace came from.
(© James R Hamilton, written September, 1998)