Following the trails... In His Word 4-10-18

Following the trail… In His Word

I began reading in Titus chapter 2 and 3 today.
I decided to look it up in a different translation. ,and so I went to my Bible App. Upon opening it I saw the scripture of the day and read it.

 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Ephesians 4:15

I read it and thought, Okay we speak the truth in love… that’s hard enough to get a good bite of because it is not easy to speak the truth in love the way it is put here; but, it is not just what that way saying because it started with “Instead”.
So I had to look and find out why it said instead; instead of what?

So I looked it up and found this just before it;

Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.Ephesians 4:14

Great! So I found that we were do speak the truth in love, instead of being tossed by every wind and wave, every idea of doctrine or idea of what we should believe that tricks people into doing things because it sounds like the truth. That w will need to be mature Christ like people who follow Christ not man.

This can cover so much in the world! Look around you and what do you see? Self proclaimed Christians who tell us if we send in money we will get a healing, or if we do what they say we will get rich. The truth is that we need to look to the Word of God and follow His direction for how to live a good life doing what He wants us to do.  But then I noticed…”Then we will…”  So what comes before this? What else is there to this scripture I wondered to myself?

Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13 

Okay, yes I see, now I am getting the whole picture. We are, as the church, given gifts in the form of people; prophets, the evangelists, pastor and teachers. These people some of whom may be us, are to equip and build up the body of Christ, the church. When they do this we all can come together in unity in our faith and knowing Christ Jesus God’s Son and then we will be those mature in the Lord people measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ! Okay so we will be right in God’s eyes! Then…. okay I get it! Do you?

I   have had such a fun time reading today’s daily read, thank you Bible App that gave me a good study. I think we need to remember that our daily reads are not just to read through it and get on with our day but to think on it. To digest it, to follow God’s rabbit trails and find out what He wants us to do with it.

So what can we do? Go back and read from the beginning of Chapter 4! Live a life worthy of our calling. Humble, gentle, patient, making allowances for each others faults because of our love. Work together with all our hearts to keep the peace in a united group of Christians.

 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.  Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.  For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all. However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. Ephesians 4:1-7
When we link up together with other like minded believers we are able to live at peace and share God’s love with those around us. If we are bickering and fighting over dumb stuff how is that going to present ourselves acceptable to God? How will that give someone a reason to come to join us?

Lets make it a plan to work together for the good of the Kingdom by being one in Christ; holy and acceptable to His purpose.  Looking at the beginning of this chapter I see it begins with “Therefore”… here we go on another adventure!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your rabbit trail today! Thank you for the chance to study out the words and follow backwards through the word to find the answer to what it is there fore is always a fun adventure. Help us to continually seek out Your direction in the Word, in Jesus name, amen.
Suggested reading: Ephesians 4: 1-32, Ephesians 5:1-33, Titus 3:1-14 and Titus 2:1-15.