Keep telling people these things. Continue to encourage and rebuke with full authority. Let no one ignore you. Titus 2:15 (EHV).
Finally, a summary. After Paul has spent the chapter giving instructions on what must be taught to various people, he wraps it up with a brief commission. “Keep on keepin on, Titus. Don’t let anyone stop you.” Remember what you’ve been taught.
Right on, right on.
Especially today. I work in an industry where there is an unwritten code that you may not openly talk about Christian faith, conservative politics, current events outside a given viewpoint, non-supportive gay rights, or even, in some places, an out-of-town sports franchise. Seriously. If you want to survive in this well-paying industry, those are simply the rules of the road.
I wonder what Paul would say about that. Given Titus 2:15, he might be upset. Yet given something he said in 1 Corinthians 9, perhaps he wouldn’t. Perhaps he would tell Titus to keep telling people these things yet doing so in a way to relate to them in their own manner. Paul said he would become all things to all people to do whatever he had to do to win some people for Jesus.
That’s important to remember here. Keep preaching but relate. Paul is telling Titus to stand fast and stick to the truth. Stand with Jesus: anything else, you can let it go. Yet do so in a humbler, serving way to meet their needs, relating to peoples’ circumstances. Some need encouragement, some need rebuke. God put these things on Titus’ heart (and Paul’s) to use them for the greater good of God’s Kingdom.
“Keep on keepin, on, Titus.” Remember what you learned. Stand and speak. Minister in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Help folks. Inspire justice and wisdom. Do what you need to do to be heard…by them. By the people Jesus puts in your path. In ways they can understand. In matters they need to hear.
And the people of 1st century Crete needed to hear that Jesus had overcome evil for them. That He lived, died, and lives again so that they, too, might do the same. Theirs was a brutal world of short lives lived in hardscrabble poverty and oppression. The people of Crete needed hope and a leader to impart it. They needed Jesus.
So do we. So do all the people wandering in darkness after the terrible things that happened last weekend. So do all the hurting people who reject Jesus and the prayers to Him as too little, too late. So do our coworkers. So do I. So do you. There is a time and place for words, and every time and every place is the right one for living out this faith the Savior put into our hands. Keep on keepin on with it.
For further reading: 1 Corinthians 9:22, Titus 3:1
Risen Lord, help me today to keep on acting, speaking, and living for You, for others in this world.