What does a true Christian look like? Remember, Titus was a missionary left in a mission field. Two things were needed in order for the mission church in Crete to grow as it should. They needed proper leadership (Chapter 1) and they needed to live the proper lives that Christians should (Chapters 2-3). This was what Paul was instructing Titus to do (1:5). Paul continues his inspired correspondence on "sound doctrine" (2:1) by laying out what true Christianity in action looks like. He writes in 3:1-2, "Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men." In these two verses, six infinitives show the good a Christian should be doing. A Christian is ...
I. TO BE SUBJECT
A. This is a voluntary yielding
B. To Rulers, that is, government powers
C. To Authorities, that is, anyone who has a position of power
2. Your boss
3. Acts 5:29
II. TO BE OBEDIENT
A. Follow their rules
B. Rom. 13:1ff
III. TO BE READY FOR EVERY GOOD DEED
A. Note that it says every good deed
B. The word is just "good" in general.
C. So, be alert for any and all ministry opportunities
IV. TO MALIGN NO ONE
A. There is never a place to blaspheme or speak evil of another
B. This would include the government which he has mentioned in this context
1. Though it is popular to put down, run down, and speak evil of politicians
2. It is, however, never okay to do so!
3. We do not agree with sin, but we do not malign the person.
V. TO BE UNCONTENTIOUS
A. Crete had its own version of “road rage” - Contentions abounded
B. Christians do not look for ways to be contrary with others.
VI. TO BE GENTLE
A. Yielding, gentle, kind, courteous, tolerant
B. Takes humility to do so.
Boil it all down and it winds up as this: Show consideration to ALL men. A Christian's main job is to affect the world with the Gospel of Christ and the Love of God. The goal is to change lives. We are better able to do so when people around us see us living with consideration, care, and compassion for both those in the body of Christ, and those outside the church.