The book of Titus is a very short book, only three chapters but it is packed with good food for the soul. It teaches us how to live as Christians, what to teach our youth and how much God loves us. Today we will be going into how we teach our youth but first we have to start with the older generation. Titus the second chapter goes on to say how we are to teach older men and women:
“You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted too much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” -Titus 2:1-5.
It is very specific as to how we teach the older generation to act. Without the teaching of the older generation we cannot help the younger generation follow Christ properly. These verses also go into how the older generation is instructed to urge the young. It tells the older generation to urge the younger, to be an example so that they know what is good and what is right. Verses 6 through 8 goes into how the young men should be encouraged to act:
“Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” -Titus 2:6-8.
Notice the wording in verse 4 and verse 6:
“Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children” -Titus 2:4
“Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.” -Titus 2:6
The Word uses very specific wording. It says we are to urge the young women and encourage young men to act with what lines up with the way we are, as Christians, expected to live. Young people, for the most part, have something to prove and want to pave their own way in this world. If you force them to do something they will do it with a bad attitude, they will not want to do what you are asking. How many times have you asked your kids to do the dishes? Most hate doing them, it is as hard as pulling teeth. The harder you push the more they get an attitude and the more they hate doing the dishes. What happens if you pay them to do it? They now have less of a problem with doing the dishes and are more apt to do it the first time you ask. Many times young people are getting upset with Christianity because they are being forced, once forced they start to turn away from the Word. Unfortunately, most never return. We need to encourage the youth to go to Church. God will stir within them and in his perfect timing they will come around, it may take some time. Make going to Church something that is rewarding for them, make them feel like they need to go, even if it is not for religious reasons. Their soul is being fed and they will come around. Young people lack one very important thing, wisdom. They do not understand that rebellion will not get them very far, they want to make their own path. They want to show the world they can be their own person. This is why we encourage them, we need to plant a seed so that later they will come back to the faith with an open heart so they can receive the word of God and not have a negative bias toward it.
“You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read.” –John MacArthur