Paul says, “make sure people do not disregard you, Titus.”  This obviously was not about the up-and-coming sports team.  Paul uses action words like exhort, reprove, be ready and speak confidently.  So, what is so important?

Paul writes to Titus about being a living testimony.  How do you even start?  First treat people well.  Respect those in authority.  Do not slander.  A living testimony must look pleasing from a distance.
Second, Titus’ living testimony must clearly describe and be able to discuss his personal story when he was spiritually lost.  Paul does that clearly with Titus 3:3

For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.

You do not look good just from a distance – people see you have been changed.

This is intriguing but changed how?  A living testimony has hope and that one hope is Jesus Christ.

But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.   Titus 3: 4-6

And the conclusion of this living testimony is those who receive this gift are justified by this gift and become heirs as His children and live now with an assured hope of eternal life with Him.

So, Titus 3 returns to the beginning of a living testimony.  The beginning is telling your testimony to others. Speak confidently and then devote yourself to doing what is good for those you meet.  Games are so short lived, but a life engaged in good actions with a living testimony will last forever.

by Steve Sagué, Elder

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