Titus 2:11–14 – For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
Paul did not leave the Christian with a list of duties to perform. He called us to a noble purpose, a higher life. He showed us that it is God’s grace which strengthens and motivates us to live beyond the call of society, embracing obedience to God. God wants us to learn how to live to the full. When we believe in Christ as our salvation, we become enrolled in His school of living. In turning to God, we agree that we must turn away from ungodly living and turn toward godly living. We do not just wish for this change to occur; we do not simply hope it might happen. We must say “no” to all ungodly behaviors, attitudes, and desires that are opposed to God. Then we can learn to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives. In this rich area of scripture Paul has been urging consistent behavior on all members of the family of God. Here he shows that one of the greatest purposes of your salvation is to produce a life of unadulterated holiness. Jesus gave Himself not only to save you from the guilt and penalty of sin, but to redeem you from every lawless deed. He gave Himself for all people, that all might be zealous for good works. You should have enthusiasm to offer acts of kindness toward others in His name and for His glory.
The Bible teaches us that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God… that the man of God would be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17. God has given His holy word to you so you would be ready to do good things for others in His name. Your challenge this week is to be excited about doing something good for someone else. Think of how God’s word has encouraged you and then share that encouragement with a family member or co-worker. Be reminded of how the scriptures have brought you hope for the Lord’s return and then remind someone who needs that hope in their lives today. Brighten someones day and see how blessed it will make you feel. I’m amazed at how powerful it is to send a word of encouragement to a friend and how much of an impact that can be to them. Ask God, right now, to show you who needs some good news today and then take action by reaching out to them in some way. That may be the very thing they needed to help them get through this day. God bless you.