Welcome to the third and final part of ‘Lessons from Titus’, where we have looked through the book of Titus and pulled out a few lessons. Today I want to look at Titus 3:1-8 and have a look what that has to say.
Do What Is Good
Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarrelling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.
Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.
But—“When God our Saviour revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.” This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.
The first two chapters of Titus was about a whole lot of things that we should and shouldn’t be doing. It was not intended to be works based, it was there to give us instructions as to how we can get the most out of life, it was there for our good. Just in case you thought that it would save you, here is the truth of the matter. It is by grace that we are saved, the teaching is so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good, as it says in this passage. It also says that the teachings are good and beneficial for everyone. So no excuses. I suggest that you go and read Titus from start to finish and read it as if it was written to you. It sounds difficult (almost impossible) to achieve what it lays out, but it is not. We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength, we need to strive for perfection.
So that is it from the relatively unknown book of Titus. There is more that you can get out of that if you spend more time meditating on it, I hope that the last three posts have given you something to think about. We need to work hard at doing the right thing, always remembering that our salvation is secured by the grace of God. We not only need to strive to do the best that we can, but we ought to teach others to do the same. It sounds difficult, but we can achieve the impossible with God!
May God’s grace be with you all.