The Invested Life – Titus 3
Paul reminds Titus of the difference it makes to be a Christian. Christians should be good members of society—self-controlled, forgiving and reluctant to quarrel.
Titus 1:12 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”
1 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
- TO BE READY TO DO WHATEVER IS GOOD – Not talk about it, but be ready – ACTION
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.
- Why aren’t we naturally courteous and peaceable and loving?
4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
- God’s attitude toward us must now be the attitude that we have towards a lost world.
He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
- God poured out the Holy Spirit on you generously – he continues to renew you each day (Rom 12:1-2).
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.
- Paul “Stresses” these things: CAREFUL TO DEVOTE THEMSELVES TO DOING WHAT IS GOOD.
11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
- Say no to…
- Live self-controlled, upright, godly lives.
- We have to take sin very seriously. To live an upright life is not to fool others into thinking that we are God-honoring, God is always watching – that’s what matters.
- Obedient to what? All that God has commanded! The more knowledge you have of God’s Word, the more you are accountable to do it. (Luke 12:41-48)
THE POINT: I must choose the Invested Life, or choose to reject Christ.
Am I Remorseful or Repentant?