Sunday, August 22

Devote yourself to doing what is good

Scripture: Jeremiah 43-44, Psalm 98, Titus 3

Titus 3:8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

Titus 3:14 Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.

Observation

Paul opens this chapter telling Titus to remind people to do whatever is good, echoing 2:14 where he said that God’s people are “eager to do what is good.”  To drive the point home, he repeats it twice more in v. 8 and 14, saying that those who believe must “devote themselves to doing what is good.”  He makes it very clear that we do this because we are saved, not in order to be saved.  Good works flow naturally out of a redeemed relationship with God and a changed heart.  

Paul also gives three reasons to be devoted to doing good.

First, we do good because these things are excellent and profitable for everyone.  In other words, we do good to benefit everyone.  Love is doing what is best for another no matter what it costs you.  We do good to benefit others because that’s love.

Second, we do good to provide for urgent needs.  If you see a need, meet it if you can.  Obviously, no one can meet every need, but everyone can do something good.  It’s the old starfish story: I can’t save them all, but I can save this one.  Do good: see a need and meet it.

Third, we do good to live productive lives.  Paul puts it in the negative: so that we do not live unproductive lives.  The Greek word is literally “unfruitful, useless, unproductive.”  So put positively, we do good so that we can live fruitful, useful, productive lives.  Make your life count!  Do good.

Application

Pretty obvious: do good today whenever and wherever you can!  And by doing so, you will benefit others, meet needs, and be useful and productive.

Prayer: Lord, help me be eager to do good.  Let my default answer be yes.  Help me overcome my selfishness and be more like You!