notice how our tastes change as we mature?
Little girls like painted dolls; little boys like
they grow up, however, the girls like the soldiers, and the
boys like the painted dolls.
Someone has said, “We better stop criticizing the
If we can't keep up with them, then we can least get
We hope that this day has shown our seniors that we are
behind them, and that we are wanting the best for them.
Titus 2:11-14 says: “For the grace of God that brings
salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying
ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly,
righteously, and godly in this present age, looking for the
blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and
Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might
redeem us from every lawless deed, and purify for Himself
His own special people, zealous for good works.”
few verses give seven keys to living.
Keys that so often go against the grain of our
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to
The Bible is a photo album of God's grace.
Paul tells Titus that it was not by our righteous
works that we had done, but by God's kindness and love, we
have been saved (3:4-5).
Sadly, we live in culture of violence where people
vent their anger through cruelty.
But since God has been gracious to you, strive to
Show the same kindness and love that He has given to
you to others, and be a blessing for them and live in peace!
“Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we
should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present
God's Word has taught us that wickedness and
pleasure-seeking are not enduring, and they usually end up
bringing very painful consequences to our lives.
The media screams: “Live it up!
Have a little fun!
Let it all hang out!”
But they rarely show the bitter results of such
Paul tells us instead of thinking fun all the time, we need
to live soberly.
This doesn't mean that we can't live joyfully and
that we have to tip toe around silently trying to make
ourselves look pious.
But it does mean that we need think seriously and
live seriously and responsibly.
Are we ready to die?
Our life really is just a vapor that's not here for
very long (James 4:14).
All those who spoke this morning were once teenagers
too, but we've aged, and we're all traveling toward the
fruition of our mortality.
“Remember now your Creator in the days of your
youth” (Ecclesiastes 12:1)!
Paul also says to live righteously!
That's key three.
This idea is one that really goes against our
relativistic and pluralistic society!
Paul says there are rights and wrongs.
And we should chose to follow the righteous path
taught in God's Word.
“Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is
man's all” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)!
You know, “If you
live wrong, you can't die right” (Sunday in Rowell).
Don't lower God's standards of righteousness.
Someone once remarked: “God doesn't alter the robes
of righteousness to fit the person, but He alters the person
to fit the robes.”
Key four: Live godly!
Yes, let God be your example.
Jesus admonishes that you should be mature in your
love for others and show mercy, just as your Father in
heaven is mature in His love for all and merciful (Mt. 5:48;
Peter challenges you: “But as He who called you is holy,
you also be holy in all your conduct” (1 Peter 1:15).
Sadly, our culture lives on a worldly level and
tries to push God out of the picture.
There's a movie called “A River Runs Through It,” and
it depicts how a river become the focal point of a family
that lived in Montana.
Dad taught lessons to his sons at the river, the sons
proved their navigational skills by facing the river's
rapids; one son became a champion fly-fisherman, and the
river was a place to meditate as well.
May godliness be the river that runs through our
lives as Christians.
“Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our
great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Can you image what it must have been like to be the wife of
an Apollo astronaut and wait with both anxiety and
excitement for a mission to reach its completion so that
your husband can once again be back home and be part of the
were looking longingly for their husbands' returns!
Our relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus the
Messiah should be so close that we too live longingly for
His return! One
day he'll make that glorious appearing, and we've been
anticipating it, and we're anxious for it, and we're ready
for it! We're
ready to join Him, to embrace Him, to be with Him, and to
live in His presence along with all the redeemed forever!
“Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every
lawless deed, and purify for Himself His own special
Jesus gave Himself for us!
Instead of mission to the moon, Jesus abandoned
heaven and its angels for His mission to earth.
He took our place at the cross!
One good brother imagines Him saying: “In your place, I
cried: 'Forsaken!', so that in My place, you may now cry:
'Father!' In your place, I took your sinfulness, so that now
in My place, you may take My righteousness!
In your place, I took your penalty; now, in My place,
receive My reward” (Hall)!
Never forget, you are loved very deeply by your Lord!
He gave Himself for you!
But not only that, He redeemed us from our lawless
deeds and He purified us as well.
He paid the price to free us from Satan's slavery and
gave us a brand new clean start, with the past record all
modified a familiar nursery rhyme to fit us: “Jesus Christ
came to our wall, Jesus Christ died for our fall, So that
regardless of death and in spite of our sin, through grace,
He might put us together again” (Swindoll).
Since Jesus loved us, redeemed us, and purified us,
shouldn't we live lives of gratitude to Him?
“His own special people zealous for good works.”
Because God has so richly blessed us, we want to help others
and be a blessing to them.
Take whatever talent God has given you, develop it
and use it to help and to benefit others.
You will come to know joy upon joy as you pour your
life into others' lives whatever your profession might be!
A missionary once said, “I used to ask God to help
me. Then I
asked if I might help Him.
I ended up asking Him to do His work through me”
(Taylor in Rowell).
Seven keys to living from Titus 2:11-14: Live graciously,
soberly, righteously, godly, longingly, thankfully, and
“You are writing a gospel, a chapter each day, by deeds that
you do, by words that you say.
People read what you write, whether faithless or
true. Say, what
is the gospel according to you?” (Rice in Swindoll).
Live as Paul admonished Titus!
Go against the grain of our American culture!
Let Jesus help put your life back together again!
Be ready for Jesus' return!