To continue yesterday’s study, we learn from Titus 3:1-2 that Paul’s second reminder is:
Reminder #2: Be Obedient
Remind them … to be obedient (Titus 3:1, ESV)
That’s it. Simple, huh? Just obey.
But who? Obey anybody who tells you anything, anytime, anywhere? Well, he doesn’t exactly say, but given his first statement (yesterday’s topic) he could be referring to leaders and those in authority, specifically the leaders in the church.
But the statement’s so general, I think he’s simply referring to obedience to God. I believe he’s saying, “Obey those who have authority over you and, well, just obey!” When God saved us he gave us a new heart and new desires. We should be able to say with the psalmist:
Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. (Psalm 119:35, ESV)
It should be our hearts desire to obey. Followers of Christ should want to follow his commands. It’s true that we will sin, we will mess up. That’s a guarantee and that’s why we celebrate God’s forgiveness. The more serious problem arises when we sin and we don’t care. We disobey, we know it and we shrug it off. Warning bells should go off it that’s you. And that’s why Paul reminds us to be obedient. Don’t fall into a habit of disregarding God’s truth. Remember to be obedient.