Are there any skeletons in your cupboard?
We’re living in times when lots of people, mainly politicians, are trying to convince us of what is the best way forward for our lives – should we stay a part of Europe or should we leave? – who should be the next Prime Minister of the UK? or President of the USA? We’re also seeing more and more of the ‘dirty tricks’ campaigns – if you can’t come up with a good argument against what someone’s saying then, instead, dig into their personal lives and find something that’s not good and use this to convince yourself, and others, that you can ignore their advice. Newspapers just love investigating prominent people to discover ‘skeletons in the cupboard’ and bring these people down in the eyes of everyone else. Mind you, Jesus said “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone” – is anyone reading this without sin?
So is this way of dealing with unwelcome advice new? Well no – in today’s reading Paul warns Titus, and all of us, that we should always be worthy of respect, self controlled and pure so that no one will malign the word of God. We should always set an example by doing what is good so that those who oppose us may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. We should respect our teachers, our bosses, our leaders and earn their trust so that in every way we will make the teaching about God our Saviour attractive.
Thanks to the grace of Jesus – what he did for us on the cross and what he does for us now through his Holy Spirit – we have no need to have anything in our lives which could lead anyone to despise us and so despise anything we say about Jesus.
Thank you that you have released us from our past wrong ways. Help us to go forward your way from now on and to help others to do the same by setting only good examples in the way we live.
Let’s try harder not to fail, not to let ourselves down in the eyes of Jesus and not to let Jesus down in the eyes of others.