Have Enough Courage to Say NO

Paul, writing in Titus 2:11-15 tell us how to live in expectation of the return of the Lord Jesus! We are instructed to “deny ungodliness and worldly lusts.” (Titus 2:12) We must say “NO” to the attractions of the “world.” What do we mean by “world?” Many time in scripture it means a philosophy that is against what God and His word stand for. It is influenced by Satan, whether those involved realize it or not.

One hymn writer penned these words: “The World all about me has now no allure. It’s pleasures bring pain, it wisdom is vain. I seek a foundation that’s steadfast and sure, I’ll put Jesus first in my life. In all that I say, in all that I do, throughout the world of toil and strife. By day and by night, through trust in His might, I’ll put Jesus first in my life.”

All of Paul’s instructions in Titus 2:1-10 can be summed up in Titus 2:12. Believers must refuse and reject any action that lacks reverence for God. Ungodliness means a lack of love or total disregard for God (Rom. 1:18)

We live in an age when many totally reject God’s influence in any area of their life; sadly some in the Lord’s Church seem to be in that “camp” or heading in that direction. Christians must renounce that attitude with a resounding “NO!” We are always to seek His Kingdom first! (Matthew 6:33)