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Having clearly identified the false teachers in vv. 10-16, Paul sets forth three disciplinary actions (commands all in the imperative mood) that Titus—and the elders he appoints—must take in order to prevent false teachers from harming the church (Note: Two action steps are in 1:10-16. The third action step is found in 3:10-11).
To follow Christ, we must give up the idols in our lives that distract us from fully glorifying God. When gifts from God become ultimate things in our lives, we are drawn away from Christ rather than towards Him. When we make this sacrifice, and follow Him, we understand that our true treasure lies in a perfect eternal relationship with God, one that we must make known to the world, and pray that others will join us in.
When our hearts love something - even good things - more than we love God, those things become idols that eventually disrupt our lives.
After two of Jacob's sons, Simeon and Levi, enact sinful revenge against the men of Shechem for sin committed against their sister by one man of the city (Gen. 34)--a vengeance that was partly fueled by Jacob's indifference to the whole matter--Jacob and his household are placed in a dangerous situation. Jacob fears for his safety and that of his household. In the midst of this, God tells Jacob to go to Bethel and make an altar that he and his household would worship God. It reveals that the fundamental purpose for which God creates his covenant people is for the worship of God. Thus, it is the worship of God that God's people must make as their focus. According to Genesis 35 it will mean that they pursue holiness, encounter God's protection and focus on who God is and what God does.
We become like what we worship. We have the opportunity to worship the Living God and become alive.
People need the Word (the truth) but seems to me they also need to experience the presence of God, in many ways. One of the best ways to experience the presence of God is by doing life in the midst of those who carry the name “Christian”.