Unprofitable Controversies

21. November 2013 Titus 0

Text: Titus 3:8-12
Theme: Controversial discussions that don’t lead one to do what is good are foolish.
Key verses: “…I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. But avoid foolish controversies and geneologies and aruments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless” (v. 8-9).
What God said to me: Dwayne, my son, you haven’t arrived in your knowledge of me and of theology. You have much you need to study and continue to learn. I honor those who study to show themselves approved. However, in all your learning and would-be knowledge, be very careful not to take your eyes off the ball. Far too many of my children fall victim to mistaking great knowledge and biblical depth as the goal. Learning is not the goal. Doing good is the goal. If your doctrines and beliefs don’t motivate you to love others, if they don’t call you to action and to saltiness to this world I died for, then your version of faith is useless. It’s the classic reasoning of James: “Show me your faith without works, and I’ll show you my faith by my works.” As a leader, part of your job is to safeguard those you lead from getting distracted and bullied by unnecessary controversies. I’ve given you a mandate to go and make disciples. The “ball” you are to stay focused on is people and how to lead them to follow me. That’s your mission.
What I said to God: Thank you Father for speaking to me so clearly this morning. I love and look forward to these times alone in Your Word. Now help me act on what You’ve shown me, on what I supposedly believe. I pray for those on my team who are passionate about their particular beliefs that they too would stay focused on teaching that leads to life-change–both in character and in competency.