“But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine.” – Titus 2:1
I can still hear the echoes of my Grandmother as I would come in before dinner and reach for that tempting snack to fill my hunger, “Don’t ruin your appetite.” I heard a statement the other day that got my attention, “We are so filled up on junk food that when the main course comes, we’re not hungry”.
As I look around at all the attempts to lure people into the church I can’t help but wonder, what about sound doctrine? There’s so much excitement and entertainment to attract the lost that when it comes to the main meal, it seems like we’re not hungry anymore.
It would appear that we are falling for “Hype over Hope” as many young adults are being entertained by the latest version of Game of Thrones or Call of Duty until the middle of the night on Saturday and then wonder why Church is so boring on Sunday. We seem to have watered down the adjectives “Amazing” and “Awesome.” I can remember when someone would share how excited they were, it was because they really were excited; it was not just a marketing tactic.
So, what is keeping us from getting excited about God’s word? Maybe we have let down the guards of our household. As men, we need to be wise to what is coming in through our televisions, computers, and cell phones. Just as we make sure our doors are secured to keep out strangers, which we wouldn’t allow in to harm us or our family, we need to be guarding other ways that the enemy is creeping in, filling us with unrealistic hype. These things are competing with our minds to distract us from seeing that the real need is to be in the Truth of God’s word.
The Apostle Paul pens a short letter to Titus that gives us a picture of the “How to” be wise and discerning. We need to be “Trained by Saving Grace.”
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” Titus 2:11-14
I think there is too much hype, a way to create interest in, by flamboyant or dramatic methods; promote or publicize showily which is fleeting and unstable. This can keep us from seeing our need of Hope, a steadfast immovable aspect of what God provides to keep us content and allow us to focus on what’s true.
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:1,2 and 5
So, “Don’t ruin your Appetite”, get rid of the junk food and come to God’s word hungry to receive proper nourishment, Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “A man is hindered and distracted in proportion as he draws outward things to himself.” – Thomas a Kempis
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, Daniel 9:4