EVERY AGE GROUP LIVING FOR CHRIST
Bible Reading: Titus 2: 1-10
What should Christians be like in their homes, in the church, and in the world, no matter what their age group is? Paul spells it out very plainly in this passage, covering five groups: older men, older women, young men, young women, and servants (or employees).
Allowing for differences in culture, there are significant instructions here for us all today.
Here is one more job for the pastor! Paul tells Titus to teach each of these groups how to live for Christ and with each other! Each group continually needs instruction from the Word. For example it is easy for older people to think they know everything and that younger people are usually wrong in their thinking and behaviour.
But any church would greatly benefit from having a group of seniors who act in the various ways Paul mentions here. Notice how love and patience are mentioned. Young people respond to that kind of attitude but are turned off by harsh judgment and constant reproof.
Paul mentions what a help older women can be to younger housewives. Those with young children are constantly in need of help and encouragement, and older women ought to recognise this and try to cover this angle of fellowship. Paul also speaks of women learning to love their husbands. In the days of arranged marriages this would be especially helpful.
Young men are next. Their integrity, their every day conversation, self-control, are all to be proof that Christ has come into their lives and has set them free from the habits of the past life.
Similarly even slaves must show Christ in their work, in their obedience and attitude. Even today those principles hold good for Christian employees. What a wonderful church it would be if everyone faces up to and lives by these standards!