Be A Christian in a Non-Christian World Part 03

Be A Christian in a Non-Christian World Part 03

(Titus 2:1-15)

It means having the same feelings, attitudes and heart’s desires that God has. It means that we love the things that God loves, care for the things that God cares for, and dislike those things which He dislikes. And since God loves righteousness, a godly person also loves righteousness. Since God hates sin, a godly person also hates sin, whether it is in his own life or in others. A godly person will seek to abandon every sin in his life. Since God wants His own will to be done and to be glorified, a godly person will likewise want God’s will to be done and to glorify God in everything he does. 

Now, if we have these feelings, attitudes and heart’s desires, we will soon find ourselves being quite different from the world we live in. And we will soon find ourselves coming into conflict with the world many times. So you see, being godly is not an easy thing. But no matter how difficult it may be to strive to live a godly life in this world, no matter how hard and inconvenient it becomes to live differently from the rest, it surely is worth all the effort we put in, because the Lord deserves much more than this response from us, for all that He has done. The more we think of how Jesus gave Himself for us so sacrificially, nothing becomes too great for us to give to Him.

About 300 years ago, there was a rich young German nobleman, who visited an art gallery. And as he looked at the paintings on the wall, one particular painting caught his eye and he just could not take his eyes off it. It was a painting of Christ dying on the cross. That painting showed the face of Jesus in great agony with drops of blood and tears streaming down his cheeks. As that rich young nobleman continued contemplating this painting, his eyes looked at the little label that was attached to the bottom of the painting. On it were the words, “All this, I have done for thee. What has thou done for Me?” And as he was reading these words, that young nobleman broke down and cried. And right there he gave his life to the Lord, devoting all his time and treasures to the cause of Christ.

And God used the godly life of Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf to build up the famous Moravian missionary enterprise, which sent out hundreds of missionaries in the eighteenth century —and inspired countless others. The self-sacrifice, love, and total commitment to Evangelisation of the Moravian missionaries who were motivated through Zinzendorf are unparalleled in the history of missions. They also influenced the Evangelical Revival in England through James Hutton and John Wesley. And now it is our turn to respond to the same gift. It is our turn to answer the same question that von Zinzendorf faced “All this, I have done for thee. What has thou done for Me?” Titus 2:12 says “that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” Will you do this for Him? And besides this, we who live in this present age have an even greater motivation to respond to this gift than those who came before us: while the grace of God has already appeared to us (v.11), the great God Himself will soon appear to us (v.13)! This same Jesus who has given Himself for us may in fact be returning soon with wonderful rewards for those who live for Him. 

The way that world events are unfolding right now indicates increasingly that He might be coming very soon. Well, no one can ever know the exact day and hour when Christ will return, but would it not be wonderful if He were to come today? Imagine what it will be like if Christ were toreturn and find us living godly lives for Him. Would you not be glad to meet Him and see the smile of approval on His face? Let this prospect of seeing Jesus give you added motivation to live for Him now, as verse 13 says, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” So then, this is the first reason for godly living. It is the very least we can do for Him, after all He has done for us. But that is not the only reason for godly living. Let us go on now to see another. 

Because this is the means by which we become identified as God’s people 

(Jesus Christ) Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:14).

The purpose for our salvation is spelled out clearly in this verse. Christ has saved us so that we may become a distinct people, set apart from the rest of the world, a people for His own possession: a special people whom He would not be ashamed to call His own, a people through whom God can reveal Himself to the rest of the world. A people who would reflect His glory. The apostle Peter said the same thing in 1 Peter 2:9 — “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness
into his marvellous light:” Even in Old Testament times, before Christ came into the world, this purpose was already in existence. The ancient nation of Israel was meant to be this special people of God. 

God had redeemed them out of their slavery in Egypt, purified them through the animal sacrifices that were offered, and then He gave them the Law. The Law of God was a moral code, consisting of principles and practices that would distinguish them from all the rest of the nations of the world which were sinful.For instance, Israel was the only nation that had no idol to represent God. Every nation had its own stone or wooden figure — of an awesome looking man or animal. And to them that was their god. But for Israel, God purposely instituted that the only thing which could represent His presence in any way was the Ark of the Covenant. This consisted of a box pedestal with two angel figures on top on either side whose wings formed an arch over the space above the box. 


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