There is no shortage of inspirational messages these days. They are readily found in books, speeches, podcasts, blogs, and videos. With the abundance of information available to us, it is critical that we know what we are filling our hearts and minds with. Today, in Titus 2:1, Paul is encouraging Titus to maintain “sound doctrine.” Rather than skip over those two words, I want to take a close look at them. In many ways, they can become a filter for us both in what we hear and in what we are teaching to others.
Let’s start by defining “sound.” Paul is talking doctrine that makes us well, in good heath, pure and uncorrupted. I like the way John Calvin puts it. He says, “Sound, means wholesome, that which actually feeds souls.” is the inspirational information that you are consuming feeding your soul? Don’t forget, the doctrine with which we feed our souls can be evil too. So the question to ask is, “does this conversation also turn my heart toward Jesus.” When the answer is “yes,” we can move forward in confidence that we are engaging “sound doctrine.”
Anything that moves our soul is also going to move our mouths (Luke 6:45) and feet (James 2:14). Therefore, consider the resulting actions of our “sound doctrine.” The second question to ask is, “does it move me to action that exults Jesus?” if not, Jesus, then who? Again turning to Calvin, if it doesn’t promote Jesus, it “promotes ostentation.” Ouch! You see, there are plenty messages that can stir my soul, but not all of them cause me to worship Jesus.
As you go about your day and your week, consider more closely what you are filling your heart and mind with. Make no mistake; they are changing your attitudes and actions. Are they moving you closer to Jesus?