It is probably no surprise that I am behind on memorizing Titus with my sisters in Christ. I’m struggling quite a bit with the memorizing because the sentences go on for days. Last week I managed to memorize verse one, when we were supposed to memorize verses one through four! Yikes. I’m really impressed by those of you that can memorize so much in just one short week; I certainly wish I had that gift. Perhaps, one day I will. This is my first memory project so maybe that has something to do with it? Either way, I am not giving in! 🙂 I may just be weeks behind the “assigned” completion date, but I really want to memorize this book.
To be honest, I am not overly familiar with the book of Titus, aside from the well known verses about older women teaching younger women and the elder qualifications. Upon reading it through though I am amazed at how much wonderful information and exhortation is packed into this tiny book. Even in the greeting we see wonderful truths on display:
“Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness,” vs 1.
Paul opens his letter by referring to himself as a bondservant of God. If you aren’t familiar with the term bondservant the Free Online Dictionary defines it as “a person obligated to service without wages” or, “a slave or serf.” So, basically, Paul is calling himself a slave of God. Wow! Does this not fly in the face of our modern day view of our relationship to God? Today, we consider ourselves princesses because we are daughters of the king. I see this phrase on Christian t-shirts, Bible covers, etc. I cannot help but wonder what the Apostles would think of our thoughts of being royalty. Yes, we are heirs with Christ but what was Christ? He was a lowly and humble servant … joyfully doing the will of the Father. That is what we have been bought for! We were purchased with the blood of Christ to joyfully serve the Father and glorify Him above all else.