Monday, July 1
Engage in good deeds
Scripture: Isaiah 1-3, Titus 3
Titus 3 shows the relationship between salvation and good deeds.
We are saved according to His mercy, “not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness” (v. 5). We are “justified by His grace” (v. 7). As usual, Paul makes clear that we are saved by grace, not our good deeds.
But on either side of that statement, he makes it clear that because we are saved, we leave behind our old life of bad deeds and now engage in good deeds.
“For we also once were foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another” (v. 3). This is what we were. But Jesus changed us and we are that no more. Now we are engaged in good deeds.
“Remind them…to be ready for every good deed” (v. 1).
“…so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds” (v. 8)
“Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs” (v. 14).
Sometimes our teaching about salvation by grace, not works, makes it sound like Christians eschew good deeds, or even avoid them so that we don’t appear legalistic, moralistic or that we’re trying to save ourselves. Not so. When Jesus saves us, He transforms us. We are “ready for every good deed,” “careful to engage in good deeds.” We don’t do it to earn God’s favor; we do it because we have God’s favor.
“Let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and give glory to your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Prayer: Lord, help me today to do the good You set before me and bring glory to You.