To Devote or to Avoid

“The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.” (Titus 3:8-9, ESV)

While we understand the need to stand for truth and obey the commands of God, there are many things that can distract us from fulfilling those goals, especially through modern social media. If you want to spend your days arguing the nuances of unimportant Biblical details, there are many places to do that. If you want to spend your time informing the public about the week’s raging argument over government policy and social acceptance, there are many voices willing to take up the debate.

However, we need to remember the words of Paul to Titus: as believers in God our time needs to be spent devoted to truth and good works. It is easy to get distracted with the physical things of this world, and in doing so to fail to be the influence for Christ we need to be.

Let us make sure we are putting what is truly important first. There are many details about life in this physical world on which we may disagree, but if we waste our days arguing and wrangling over them the only one who wins is Satan, for those days are no longer being used to win others to Christ.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

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