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Blood, Sweat, and Tears

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As believers, we are to apply the truth of God's Word to our lives so that others can see the transforming power of Christ at work.

When I'm given a tough assignment, it always helps if I can grab hold of the reason behind the blood, sweat, and tears. (I really haven't shed any blood trying to live out Titus 2, but I think you get my point). Why put in the strain and effort to apply myself to living out this passage? What does it matter? Thankfully, verse 5 supplies us with the answer that provides plenty of motivation!

The "Impotent" Word

Living out the instructions of Titus 2:3–5 is necessary so that the Word of God will not be "blasphemed, maligned, discredited, dishonored, or reviled"—basically that the Word of God will not be viewed as impotent. Wow! This is our responsibility as believers. We are to apply the truth of God's Word to our lives in order that others can see the transforming power of Christ at work.

The most destructive force opposing the power of the gospel is the witness of an "untransformed" life.

Titus 1:16 describes individuals who profess to know God but deny His existence by their actions. As believers, how are our marriages any different from those without Christ? Can the lost world observe your marital relationship and see a visible representation of the love relationship between Christ and His church? What about how you treat others? What's your "kindness quotient" on a scale of 1–10? Or how about self-control? Is it an obvious character trait because of the work God is doing in your life?

Titus 1:16 and Titus 2:5 answer the question of "why" we need to be discipling other Christians—to fulfill God's purpose for our lives and His mandate for creation, which is to fill God's earth with His glory (Numbers 14:21; Psalm 72:19; Habakkuk 2:14).

Let it be so, Lord God—for Your great Name's sake and for Your glory alone!

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