The world offers us competing visions of “the good life.” Advertisers everywhere really want us to believe that if we buy their products then we’ll be enjoying the life we’ve always wanted. Snickers satisfies, or something like that. What’s more, we all drift through life with a vague notion of the “ideal me.” We think that there’s a future version of ourselves that will make us happy. So we pursue this ideal me – the physically fit me, or the well read me, or the materially wealthy me – with the belief that once we get there, then we’ll be happy.
But we all know, deep inside, that it’s a fool’s errand. Like a dog chasing its tail, we’ll never actually arrive. And Snicker’s doesn’t satisfy, at least not for long. No matter what we achieve, or accumulate, or buy, or experience, we all will get to the point where we long for something more. The world’s competing visions of “the good life” aren’t good enough.
In many ways, the apostle Paul wrote to Titus to address this very issue. He wrote to give Titus a vision for what “the good life” really looks like. Specifically, he wrote Titus to show him – and us – that a life shaped by the truth of the gospel, one lived with “knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness” (Titus 1:1), is the key to the truly good life.
In Titus, Paul shows us how the good news of the gospel shapes everything. Yes, it shapes the big things – the eternal things. But it also impacts even the small, everyday details of life. The gospel makes relationships richer. The gospel gives the church its mission. The gospel trains us to live righteous and godly lives. Not one single aspect of life is left unchanged by the gospel. So if we want a life that is satisfyingly, undeniably, and eternally good, then we need a life that is rooted in the gospel. A life that is centered on the gospel.
Over the next few months at Capitol City, we’ll be unpacking Paul’s vision for that life. If you live around or near northeast Lincoln, I hope you’ll join us.