Word for Today – Titus 2:11-12

Be Trainable

My son’s have a phrase they love to tease me with: I do what I want. They periodically toss it my way with devious grins when I ask them to do something. I usually have a mommy comeback that yields the desired results because my boys are trainable.

Trainable. Many people, whether they are 2 or 92, resist training because, as my son’s phrase indicates, we do what we want to do. Being self-centered comes natural to the human heart, but Christians need to remember this:

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly” (Titus 2:11-12 NRSV).

By his grace, God brought salvation to the world. Not everyone accepts it, but for those who do we need to be trainable in the ways of the Lord. That is what it means to mature as Christians.

Many of you know that we recently adoptedĀ  a dog from a local shelter. He is the wildest thing we’ve ever had in our home! He very much lives by the phrase my sons have made famous in our house, I do what I want. I cannot tell you how many things he has ruined since joining our family. Just in the last couple of days Kramer has chewed my fancy glasses, ruined my camera case, and kidnapped one of my cooking mitts (it is still missing). His new game is the challenge of snatching the sock-monkey slippers right off my feet!

Here, by the grace of my family, Kramer was rescued from a shelter and now he chews our stuff. I’m not calling Christians “dogs” with the comparison I’m getting ready to make, but there are some powerful and applicable lessons we can learn from Kramer. Let’s insert Kramer into the section of Titus quoted above:

For the grace of the Neff family, they appeared and rescued you from the animal shelter. Be attentive to the training they offer and leave behind your street ways and doggie passions. Be willing to learn self-control and become mannerly so you don’t chew on everything and won’t be a rude dog.

We enrolled Kramer in doggie classes, and he has shown a very trainable spirit. He’s learning how to sit, not to bark so much, and to walk by my side. Because of his breed, Parson Russell Terrier, he’ll probably always be somewhat unruly, but isn’t that a lot like us Christians? Because of our flesh we will always have a tendency to be unruly. It’s important for Kramer to do what we want him to do and for Christians to set our desires toward what God wants for us.

If, like Kramer, we exhibit trainable hearts, we will fit nicely into God’s family and honor him for adopting us into his kingdom.

Word for Today: As a member of God’s family, always be trainable.

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