Following Christ | Letter for July 10-17th, 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Recently, a friend of mine brought to my attention a few passages in scripture important for young men. One of these passages struck me as very valuable, one I hope you all may benefit from in the same way as I have.
In Scripture, much counsel is to be had for we who are young, and here at Changing Lives Ministry/TPS Chapel, along with young people around the world, we all could benefit from Paul’s instructions to Titus on how young men are to act. In short, they are to be “self-controlled” (Titus 2:6 ESV). Otherwise interpreted as “sober-minded,” this exhortation carries a strong connotation of saneness and sobriety.
Have you ever considered our sin nature in such a fashion? Paul terms it as a form of stupor, inebriation. The dulling of our senses and lowering of our guard brought by drunkenness is the default position of our spiritual barrier against temptation. When we are exposed to sin, even though through Christ’s power we have the ability to overcome temptation, we often do not.
With this picture in mind, let us strive ever more determinedly towards becoming the serious and levelheaded disciples that Christ calls us to be. In the same way, Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Following Christ not only should change our actions, but also our minds, a struggle surely each of you can identify with. We must be attuned to the will of God. As each of us prayerfully pursues self-control in our own lives, let us hope that God will equip our minds for purity and faithfulness in his service.
May the Lord’s strength be with you all.