Today’s blog is going to be a little bit different in that I will be writing about something that really hit home for me and was a revelation to me in a way (if I may be permitted to call it that) after randomly stumbling across Titus. The book of Titus is a weird one- you know it exists but it’s not usually one’s first choice when it comes to choosing a book of the Bible to read however, I decided to read it and I’m actually really glad that I did.
Titus chapter 3 ends by imploring God’s people to do good and to seek to do good things, and that’s what I wanted to write about/share today; in particularly, 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.
Titus 3:14 (NIV)
When I read this passage it just reminded me that as a Christian, I am saved to do good works. Of course, my good works do not save me but because I am saved by God’s grace, I am free to do good with the help and leadership of the Holy Spirit. And I believe that that is what Paul wants us to do. Thinking about it practically, it makes sense that as the body of Christ we’re implored to do good, why? Because, realistically, it’s a way in which we can provide for people’s needs especially in the church. In the church there are so many people that are going through so many things- financially, emotionally, spiritually… by doing good we’re able to meet these people’s needs. By doing good in caring for our neighbours, we’re able to provide the emotional support that someone may need. The Bible even says that we should mourn with those who mourn, and rejoice with those who rejoice (Romans 12:15).
We mustn’t get it wrong that doing good only means helping people out financially. There are so many ways in which we can do good i.e. providing help when we know that others need it, putting the needs of others before ourselves; working to make sure that those around us are comfortable, reaching out to those around us that we think we can help/mentor and the list goes on. Paul reminds us that a life lived for the benefit of others/to do good is a life of purpose and gives our lives a purpose. NKJV puts it that we should do good so that we may not be ‘unfruitful’.
I hope that this word has helped someone today, it has definitely helped me. Doing good is the key to a productive and purposeful life. In fact, Jesus himself went about doing good after He had received the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38), let us likewise do the same.
I would love to hear your thoughts- leave them below!
Ope O 🙂