Paul is serious about Christians doing good works. “Remind them…to be ready for every good work”(Titus 3:1). He particularly wants Titus to teach the Cretan Christians to focus on what they are doing for Jesus. “The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people”(Titus 3:8). Good works also ensure that Christians are cared for. “And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful”(Titus 3:14).
It is particularly noteworthy that Paul uses terms that imply an ongoing attitude toward working to help others. We are to be “ready” and “devote (ourselves)” to good works. In none of these verses are the particular works explained. Urgent needs crop up in countless types of situations—people needing money or rides or comfort or physical help or babysitting. It is only when we are ready and fully devoted to doing good for others that we will be ready to see them as a blessing rather than an inconvenience.
Faith is shown through works. This is not merely a point for doctrinal discussion; it must dictate our behavior. While I may not be able to plan all my works, I should be able to look back and see that I am actually serving Jesus and not just talking about it.
------------- One Thing to Think About: What works am I doing for others because I believe in Jesus?
One Thing to Pray For: A heart devoted to good works
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