It’s not enough

Titus 2--11-13

The Verse of the Day for January 3, 2015 comes from Titus 2:11-12 (KJV)

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

The New Living Translation renders the passage in this way:

11 For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. 12 And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God,

Clearly, the Scriptures provide instruction as to how believers should conduct their lives. If the Scriptures tell followers of Christ to “live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world,” then it must be possible to so live.

First of all, what does it mean to live soberly? The expression “be sober” is used in Titus 2:2, 4, and 6 and directed toward “older men, older women, young women, and young men. One translation of the Greek word renders the term: “to be sober, calm and collected, to have good sense, good judgment, wisdom, and level-headed in times of stress.” “To be sober” is a strong reminder to everyone, both old and young alike. The Verse of the Day reminds us that, as believers, we should live “with wisdom” or “live soberly.”

In addition, believers are exhorted to live righteously, that is to conform our lives according to the standards of God’s commands. We should conduct our lives so as to always remain in fellowship, in right standing in our relationship with God. Through His son Christ Jesus we are made the righteousness of God, and we can thus live our lives with righteousness.

The final exhortation of Titus 2:12 is to live godly lives or express our devotion to God in all that we say and do. Our lives should be a reflection of godliness: “[which] supposes knowledge, veneration, affection, dependence, submission, gratitude, and obedience,” according to Easton’s Bible Dictionary. The essence of godliness is respect for God that impacts the way that a person lives.

I recall the lyrics to a song popularized by the Christian duo, Angelo and Veronica, “Not Enough” which became the inspiration for this poem with the same title:

Not Enough

“It’s not enough to say thank you,

for all the times you brought me through.

It’s not enough to say I’ll serve you, Lord, trust and obey.

The only way you’ll know is how I live.”

Angelo and Veronica

 

If I were fluent and could speak with 10,000 tongues

From every tribe that inhabits a place on this Earth

And could I speak 10,000 words of praise with each one,

Such words still fail to describe the measure of your worth.

Could I select choice words that men and angels have spoken,

They would be inadequate, as I try to express

All that lies within me, for words are but a token

Of my gratitude for your faithfulness and goodness.

As I strive to walk in love, the more excellent way,

I seek to align words and deeds so that they are one.

Read between the lines of all that I attempt to say,

As you assess my whole life when all is said and done.

In the midst of darkness, times have never been more tough.

Though my heart overflows, words alone are not enough.

Listen to Angelo and Veronica as they sing “It’s Not Enough”:

 

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