We should be “on mission” to love God and to love others, and we primarily do this through preaching the gospel. But in addition to sharing the gospel with our words, we can show the gospel with our works. Through our day-to-day interaction with people at school, work, or in our neighborhoods, we can be missional by being relational; we can build relationships that give us the credibility and opportunity to share the gospel, invite friends to church, and to engage in conversations about Christianity.
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The Bible tells us how we should act with other believers in the church, but it also instructs us on how we are to interact in society with unbelievers. And we see this in Paul’s letter to Titus. By way of reminder, Paul urges Titus to remind his congregation of their duty to have Christ-like conduct in a Christ-less culture. Check out these reminders for all of your relationships:
“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people” (Titus 3:1-2).
Submit to Rulers and Authorities
The first duty Paul refers to is your actions and attitude about secular government. This means that you’re to submit to the laws of your land. The early church was instructed to submit to the Roman government, which was pagan, immoral, and unjust. Nevertheless, they were to submit as unto the Lord in every aspect that did not contradict godly living and instruction. When you are “subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution,” you will “put to silence the ignorance of foolish people” and you will glorify God as you are in His will (1 Peter 2:13-15).
Obedience is submission on display. Out of obedience to God and His commands, you are to obey those who exercise authority of you, whether it’s your parent, teacher, or employer. And when you do this, you are actually being obedient to God. Because many young people are known for their disobedience, and it’s even become “cool” in some ways, others will be able to see that you’re different through your obedience to others—and ultimately, to God.
As you submit to the rulers and authorities in your life and in your land, it shows that you submit to the ultimate ruler and authority—the Lord.