READ: Titus 2:11-14
- Chapter 1 establishes that the false teachers on the island of Crete are “unfit for any good work.” Thus, Titus calls believers to be just the opposite. They are to “be zealous for good works” (2:14), “be ready for every good work” (3:1), and to “devote themselves to good works” (3:8, 14). Believers were to see that they stood out against the culture around them. During the “present age” they should make a difference among those with whom they lived.
- Good works are not a part of the salvation process (see 3:5), but they are the appropriate response to salvation. Followers of Jesus are expected to produce the kinds of deeds that make a positive impact on the world. This is consistent with Paul’s teaching in Ephesians 2. There he tell us, that we are created to do good works (2:10).
- The practical outworking of the Christian faith can take an unlimited number of forms. Believers can do the work of praying for others, mowing their lawn, sitting their children, providing them meals, mentoring children, sitting with them in hospitals, calling on the phone, running errands for them, taking them places, being their friend, et al. There’s not a single believer in Jesus who can’t find some way in which to fulfill this call to be “zealous for, ready and devoted to” good works.
- Who do you know that is known for their good works?
- What kinds of thing are you (can you) doing for others?
- What do you think is preventing you, if you are not doing something?
PRAY: Thank God for the privilege of serving others. Pray that God is honored by your good works. Commit yourself to being zealous to do good works.