Wednesday, June 3
Apostles' Creed Focus
"I believe in"
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age” - Titus 2:11-12
We’ve all had times in our lives when our actions haven’t matched up with what we say we believe. Perhaps you’ve stayed up much too late on a regular basis, but would easily voice that a full night's rest is important for your health. Maybe you’ve seen someone say they’re a wonderful cook, but you’ve never once seen them cook a great meal. There’s probably even been a time when you would say following driving laws is important, but you’ve gone over the speed limit when you were in a rush.
How we interact with God and how we choose to hold a relationship with Him reflects these examples in a similar way. Our actions will reveal what we truly believe. Our foundational belief and trust in God brings about the necessity that our lives will begin and continue to transform into a more Christ-like way of living if we hold a relationship with Him.
Titus 2:11-12 explains to us that our behavior will reflect what lies at the core of our beliefs. If our belief in what God tells us is true, our responsive behavior will be controlled, upright, and godly. On the other hand, we cannot expect to live a godly life if we place our trust in worldly things. Our beliefs have a direct connection to how we live our lives.
As you spend time with this verse today, ask yourself if there is any disconnect between your beliefs and your behaviors. Why is this the case? Remind yourself that, through Christ, we are able to live a changed life!
Jesus I want to be more like you. Please help me work through my insecurities and my feelings of unbelief. I want to follow what is true, and I know that you are the only source of absolute truth. As I grow closer in relationship to you, let my behavior reflect that I am learning how a godly life should be lived. Amen.
Take this devotional a step further and share it with the children or students that you are intentionally discipling each week.
Kids crave honesty, and they can tell when you aren’t sincere. Do the things you do line up with what you say you believe? If not, they can tell.
Kids want to see parents and other adults in their lives who are vulnerable enough to admit and confess their sin. Use your own stories as an example, positive or negative, and don’t shy away from the “horror stories” of poor choices or less-than-perfect experiences of the past.
Kids often appreciate or learn the most from recognizing that even adults mess up sometimes, and that’s okay! Encourage them to come to you for support or advice, and create a welcoming environment for them to ask the hard questions about what you believe!