Titus 1:8 But be hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled.
Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.
To live soberly involves more than the idea of being free from the intoxication of alcoholic beverages. That can be a challenge to many Christians who still imbibe and enjoy alcohol. So then what does it mean to “live soberly?”
The Greek word basically means being of sound mind, self-controlled, to be in one’s right mind, to call to one’s senses, living righteously and godly. It suggests the idea of thoughtfulness, of being serious-minded and of carefully considering the real situations of life.
Living soberly would help avoid the idea of being just pushed and pulled by life’s circumstances without any reason, plan or goal for life.
As Christian’s we all have responsibilities!
As Christians we are not to live aimlessly but to be examples to others especially those who are younger. I recall my son in law telling me when he was in Bible College, one of the instructors took all the young men out to the local pub for a beer!!!!
Titus 2:2-10 2 That the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; 3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behaviour, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. 6 Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, 7 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, 8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. 9 Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
When a Christian is living soberly, they will be giving serious consideration to certain things which then affect the way they lives, and that the Word instructs them to do and be.
Here are some characteristics of someone living soberly:
- They will have carefully examined the evidences for the deity of Jesus Christ and recognize that He is the Son of God.
- They will have a deep respect for the Word of God.
- They will give serious consideration to the existence of the God of heaven and try to live accordingly.
- They will possess a love and appreciation for the church for which Jesus died and was raised again.
- They will have an awareness of their responsibilities to their fellowman.
- They will display a constant awareness that there is another life beyond this one and that this present life is preparation for the next.
No one can really be a true success in this life without living soberly.