WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
“or slaves to much wine.”
Titus 2:3 ESV
WONDER WOMAN: SELF CONTROL
Three brothers had become successful adults and decided to each send their mom a gift of gratitude. The first said, “I built a big house for our mother.” The second said, “I sent her a Mercedes with a driver.” The third smiled and said, “I’ve got you both beat. You remember how mom enjoyed reading the Bible? And you know she can’t see very well. I sent her a remarkable parrot that recites the entire Bible. It took elders in the church 12 years to teach him. He’s one of a kind. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot recites it.”
Soon thereafter, mom sent out her letters of thanks: “Milton”, she wrote, “The house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house.” “Gerald”, she wrote to another, “I am too old to travel. I stay most of the time at home, so I rarely use the Mercedes. And the driver is so rude!” “Dearest Donald”, she wrote to her third son, “You have the good sense to know what your mother likes. The chicken was delicious!”
Good kids know what their mom likes. And a godly woman doesn’t let any of her appetites control her. Paul tells Titus that God desires that we not be “slaves to much wine.” Slave is another word for addiction or bondage. A common characteristic of older women in Roman and Greek culture was to drink in order to dull the pain of life and to fill up empty time.
It can be easy for any of us to find ourselves addicted or enslaved to food, alcohol, drugs or a host of other physical appetites in an effort to find relief in this life. In our journey to live like Christ we must ask for God’s help to not let anything control us other than the Holy Spirit. If you are struggling, ask God how He wants to help you. He may supernaturally deliver you from your addiction or he may use others and a program that can help. Pray for those in our church struggling with addiction to find freedom. Pray for the families that are suffering the pain of family members stuck in addiction.