Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the message preached the previous Sunday. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read Titus 3:1-7
The image of being washed and renewed by the Holy Spirit is one of the most encouraging things I could think of. Think of the last time you washed your car, or cleaned your bathroom. It’s hard work, but it is so nice to step back and see a difference when you’re done! This is the feeling I get when I think of God washing us of our sins. We go from something dirty and gross to look at, to someone refreshed and clean. And this isn’t something we do to ourselves. It is only by the mercy of God that we are able to be washed of our sins. The state of our souls is obviously a little more important than the cleanliness of your bathroom though. It is for this reason that we worship this great Savior who rescued us from the sin we were in! We have come from a life lacking light to a life with great hope and eternal security.
Questions for Reflection: What areas of your life need “cleaning?” Do you find yourself putting others down for sin they struggle with? How can you come beside them instead and help them through the process of overcoming that sin?
Read 2 Timothy 2:20-26
Do you have stuff lying around your house that serves no real purpose? I know I do! It gets in the way and takes up space that could be used for necessities. Then all of a sudden it’s hard to find what you actually need. This is kind of like the wood and clay discussed in V20. We need to rid ourselves of those things that are common and unnecessary to make room for the gold and silver which are for a special purpose. When we cling to things that are not helpful in our lives, we are hindered from reaching our full potential. We need to pursue the Lord with all our might! There are foolish things like arguing and selfishness which become a trap in our lives to keep us from reaching the righteousness God desires for us. Let go of these things and pursue faith and love instead!
Questions for Reflection: Are there silly arguments you are holding onto? Why? Is this keeping you from God?
Reflections written by Bailey Carlson