March 29, 2020
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Gospel-Centered Living in a Gospel-Rejecting Culture
Did you ever wonder how it is possible to live like Christ in a world that hates and rejects Christ? Indeed, the words of Jesus’ warning, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak,” looms over our consciences and drives us to despair. The desire to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord is strong, but the ability is often lacking. What is the reason? Unfortunately, in the midst of defeat, we too quickly confine ourselves to keeping a set of rules or a checklist hoping to please the Lord. But all that does is drive us away from grace and into performance-based living.
Paul wrote Titus to oppose the evil that was entering into the church. In it, Paul warned against ungodliness and offered sound advice on godly living. Cleverly, Paul left Titus on the island of Crete to appoint elders in every city. The elders were the ones responsible for training believers to stand firmly on sound doctrine. After Paul described the evil of the culture, he offered the contrast that should be evident from those who are the elect of God. In reality, the difference had nothing to do with the believer’s performance but everything to do with their relationship with Christ.
Thankfully, Paul shows us that Gospel-centered living is possible in our Gospel-rejecting culture. The reason has everything to do with who Jesus Christ is and what he has accomplished. What we know and believe about Christ is what equips us to reflect the very Gospel that saves?