Monday, February 2, 2009

Gathering At The Well

I am participating today in a discussion of Titus 2:2-5 that you can attend by clicking HERE. We are asked to read this scripture and discuss how we see it playing out in our lives, what we se as our areas of strength and weakness, and the goal we would set in relation to this scripture. I must be very, very short because I am on my to appointment.

First, I have to decide if I am one of the aged women or the younger. (tee hee) I know I am considered aged by many but still have many older ladies from whom I can learn, so it's both. There is so much in each short phrase: behavior that becomes holiness, not false accuser, not given to much wine, teacher of good things, teach young women to be responsible and to love their husband and children, to have self control, be a keeper at home, and to be good, obedient to their husband - that the word of God be not blasphemed. The love we have for God, because He first loved us, must compel us to submit ourselves to these instructions. It is our choice for this very day to do so. Spirit, enable me.

I do not look at my own strengths or weaknesses because in me dwells no good thing. I am totally bankrupt. My righteousness is as filthy rags. If there had been any strength found in me, Christ's death would have been in vain. I believe my eyes are to be only on Jesus. If I did consider myself to have a "strength", that would probably be the area I would mess up the most.

A "goal" would be to bow my knee to the Creator of the universe, agreeing with Him in all things, asking Him to fill me with His Spirit who will enable me to live by the Word, these words from Titus.

I love you all and will not be in such a rush next time.



Chelsey said...

Great thoughts today! I think for me the reason I can look at some of the things in my life and consider my strengths is because I know these are areas that Christ has grown in me. I have areas in my life that Christ has "broken" me in and His Strength has been made perfect by my weakness. These are areas that I can now use to mentor other ladies in.

While I have so, so very much to learn and grow in, I am so very thankful for the areas in my life that the Father has strengthened me for His glory!

Thank you so much for joining us today At the Well! :)

Laurie Ann said...

Oh, amen to your goal! To your whole post! So glad you joined us At the Well.

Patty Wysong said...

"The love we have for God, because He first loved us, must compel us to submit ourselves to these instructions. It is our choice for this very day to do so." Therein lies the key to so much of life. Well said!

wilma said...

I don't think we can approach this verse from strength but encouraging younger (yes, I guess that makes me the older) women by sharing mistakes as well as successes always pointing to Jesus. Paul said, "Do as I do" or something like that. I think it is a cop out to say... I can't be a mentor because everything I do is as filthy rags . We have to share what Jesus has done in he has corrected us or encouraged us but it is always...all about Him. My verse for the years thus far is Phil 3:10a Amplified If we can get that down we might have something to share.
Good post

wilma said...

Just left you a comment to your comment on my blog. Thanks for sharing....and just as a reminder...You are beautiful and Christ has made you holy and don't forget it!!!!!! Love you, Wilma