1 Kings 12; 2 Chronicles 10-11; Titus 1

In the New Testament, Paul shows the contrast in example (elders versus rebellious people)–because people are watching. He appoints Titus to select elders in each town.

An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife, and his children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. An elder is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent, or dishonest with money.

Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life. He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong. Titus 1:6-8, NLT (emphasis mine)

Because there are other influencers who are turning whole families away from God.

10 For there are many rebellious people who engage in useless talk and deceive others. This is especially true of those who insist on circumcision for salvation. 11 They must be silenced, because they are turning whole families away from the truth by their false teaching. Titus 1:10-11, NLT. (emphasis mine)

Circumcision isn’t a qualifier for salvation in my circles, but I do know people who imply that service, perfection, charity, etc. are markers of salvation. I feel cautious about sharing my bad-day feelings with them, feel pressure to push myself to serve/host/give sometimes at the cost of peace in my home (or in myself). In recent weeks, I’ve tried to balance so many things that when a child’s health problem (and lifestyle changing diagnosis) got put on top, I found I was dropping pieces–distracted, forgetful, stressed, overwhelmed, grouchy.

I kind of need a reset.

I look into an elder’s role, an example, and I see the starting block of faith/belief. So, I’ll start there.

Lord, you know the things that have been pulling me into so many directions they’re pulling me apart. Lord, I give you my heart and my life, because it’s safe (loved, precious) in your hands. Thank you for being able to handle my bad-day feelings and for giving me peace (especially when I dropped it all). Please speak into my life about discipline and wisdom. Thank you for putting so many people into my life to be an example and encouragement through this change.

Courtney (66book365)

 

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3 responses to “1 Kings 12; 2 Chronicles 10-11; Titus 1

  1. Janet

    Isn’t it amazing that when we are pushing ourselves hard to serve people and God that we feel the most guilty? I’ve often wondered why that is. We can never do enough, give enough, or fix all the problems hurled at us. Yet this way of thinking does not fit with the grace of God that ends most instructional love letters in the Bible. Grace and peace to you; mercy and truth to you; may God richly bless you…somehow I think we have allowed the frenetic pace of our digital age to dictate our response to this inner stream of thought that might really be energized by you-know-who: the enemy of of our loving Father. God is the lover of our soul and we are truly safe in His care – safe from condemnation.

  2. I feel like if I had to quit, the people I’d let down would be more annoyed and unfriendly to me than understanding of my circumstances and limitations. Definitely becoming a lesson in prioritizing. So, there’s that, I guess. While I’m free from God’s condemnation, I’m not free from man’s condemnation. A friend sent me this today–perhaps in response to reading my post or in response to some discussions we’ve been having lately.

    http://sarahbessey.com/god-is-for-you/

    Grace and peace. Mercy and truth. Yes, please.

  3. Wow. I am receiving what all 3 of you have to say (Courtney, Janet and Sarah). God’s been working that whole grace and sanctification thing in deep places. I know I am an active participant in the whole sanctification process, but often, I act like I invented it and ask God to step aside and let me do my thing. I thank him for his patience, perseverance and love for me! Love you ladies!

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