Simplicity of Godly Living
Posted on 01/22/2006 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.
Father God, thank you for bringing us together here today, and for being here with us. Teach us this morning, touch us, change us, and heal us.
And it's in the name of Jesus we pray.
Let's stand to our feet and enter into the presence of the Lord with worship.
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You may be seated.
Our text today is taken from Titus chapter two:
“But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;
“the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things -- that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
“Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.
“Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing honesty and uprightness, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all people, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”
In this chapter, we hear instructions of what must be taught in the Church. It's not a library full of writings. It's not a deep, dark secret we must seek to grasp while on a mountain top.
When God speaks to us, he speaks in ways we can understand.
Let’s take a look at each part of this passage, and see if we are teaching and living by these simple, Godly ways of life.
First we see that the older men are to be “sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience.”
We’ve all met or seen older men who exude an aura of dignity and respect. Those who have developed spiritual maturity are kind, patient, and loving. They do not act as though they are better than anyone else. And yet they display a reverence, both shown to others and given in return.
You don’t see them lose their temper or talk badly about others. They are always ready to listen, and are able to wisely teach.
Too often today, men who fit this description are a rarity. But we see in Scripture that the older men in the Church are to all be taught to live in this manner.
This way of life is not then simply a gift given to a chosen few, but can and should be taught and learned by all those who are a part of the family of God. Men, this is how we ALL should live.
Next we read that the older women are to be “reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things.” They are to “admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.”
It appears as though we have just described Mother Theresa. And yet these characteristics should be taught in the Church, and cultivated by all the older women.
We’ve all met or seen older women who are modest and respectful, submitting to and obeying their husbands. They are homemakers, building up their home instead of tearing it down, they are not heady and self-willed, but humble servants (as we all should be).
They aren’t flirtatious or suggestive, and are completely faithful in all ways to their own husband.
They are always eager to listen with care and understanding, and gently teach and instruct in the ways of Godly wisdom when the need arises.
When a young man or woman needs a mentor, do they have to turn to the preacher or the ordained ministers of the Church to be their examples of Godly living?
Indeed, if you are an older man or woman, old enough to be a mother or father of a young man or woman, then YOU should be the one the youth go to for instruction in Godly living.
And I would like to point something out that should be quite obvious already:
ALL of us are older than SOMEONE.
I believe that ALL of us should be ready and able to fill this role for those who are younger than we. We must be their role-models. We must cultivate our own understanding of Scripture and our own personal relationship with God, so that we can instill these qualities of Godly living into the precious soil of those who look up to us and follow in our footsteps.
I would like to address my fellow men:
Men, are you teaching the younger men (by both word and example) to be sober-minded, showing themselves to be a model of good works, just as you are a model of good works?
Are you teaching them to be men of integrity, reverence, and to never be corrupt?
Are you teaching them, by both word and by example, to love their wives selflessly as Christ loves the Church, willing to sacrifice his whole self and all he has for her?
Are you teaching them, by your own life and by your words of encouragement and exhortation, to be patient, sober, reverent, and sound in faith, love, and patience?
Are you teaching them to speak as they should? Are you guiding them in the truths of the Scripture? (Remember that you must seek out the truth before you can accurately and effectively share it with another.)
And now, women, it's your turn:
Women, are you teaching the younger women (by both word and example) how to love their husbands?
Are you teaching them how to love their children?
Are you teaching them to be modest in their clothing, behavior, and attitude?
Are you teaching them to be completely pure in their marriages or as single young ladies?
Are you teaching them to be homemakers, building up the family, rather than how to be independent and self-sufficient?
Are you teaching them to obey their husbands in action and attitude?
If not, men and women of God, may I exhort you to take this Word of the Lord to heart. The man and the woman who should be doing these things is YOU. This is the Word of the Lord to ALL of us, no exceptions.
The young men and women and the youth of the Church should NEVER have to ask, “Who can I go to who will listen and understand; who is Godly and wise; who can pray with me and share with me; whose footsteps I can follow without fear of taking a wrong turn?”
That person, mothers and fathers, men and women, should be YOU.
And for us who are those young men and women, and the youth, let us keep in mind that in just a moment of time we will be those older men and women.
Let us therefore develop these qualities and characteristics in ourselves now.
Young men, be sober-minded! In everything you do and say, show yourself to be a role-model of good works, righteousness, and humility. Be sound in doctrine, and solid in faith. Seek after the Lord with your whole heart, so that you may give of yourself to those in need, and so you can be the husband, father, and teacher that God would have you be.
Young women, love your husbands! Love your children! Be modest in your dress and your actions. Be pure and holy in your attitudes and your activities. Whatever you learn in life, make sure you learn how to be a homemaker! Obey your husband in action and attitude.
The family unit is the cornerstone of society. It’s time we return to the solidity of that unit that we once knew as a country and as a people.
Our families are not just a part of our life. They should be the firm foundation upon which the rest of our lives are built, and Jesus the chief cornerstone, the Rock that cannot be moved.
And this is the sum of the simplicity of Godly living:
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”
Lord God, thank you for sending us your Word. Thank you that you have showed us quite plainly the kind of life you want us to live -- one that glorifies you in everything.
We realize, Lord, that we can't please you in our own strength. We need your Holy Spirit to overshadow us. We need to be so full of you that your Spirit overflows into every part of our lives.
And so we ask, Father God, for a fresh outpouring of your Holy Spirit even now. Breathe on us, Father. Breathe on us your promise, your Holy Spirit. And may we never be the same again.
The ministry team can stand accross the front now, as we remain in an attitude of prayer.
If there's anyone under the sound of my voice who does not know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, today is your day to finally be at peace with God.
Pray with me now:
Jesus, I believe that you are the Son of God. I believe that you paid the price for my sins when you hung on the cross, and I believe that you rose again from that now-empty grave, and are seated at the right hand of the Father. Forgive me for my sins. Cleanse me, give me a brand new start. Come into my heart, and be the Lord of my life. Thank you Jesus. Amen.
If you've just accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, welcome to the family! Please come talk with one of the ministry team.
If you need prayer for anything else, please come talk and pray with us up here.
For the rest of you, you can go next door to the fellowship room, where we'll all meet up in a few minutes.
"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all." Amen. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)