READ: Titus 2

THINK: Read the following passage (Titus 2:11-14 from The Message) out loud, picturing the words being spoken by someone you look up to and admire.

God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness.

Which of these rich words or phrases stands out to you? Why do you need these words and ideas at this moment in your life?

Now, read it one more time, picturing yourself saying the words to someone you wish to encourage.

PRAY: Spend some time today asking God to guide you in one or all of these movements of growth:

– Turning your back on a “godless, indulgent life”

– Taking on a “God-filled, God-honoring life”

– Believing that “this new life is starting right now”

– Being “energetic in goodness”

LIVE: Consider God, who is “energetic in goodness.” Inhale that goodness. See how much God wishes to bring you along. Try on the belief that this new life starts now.

– Adapted from Eugene Peterson in Solo

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