LEARN to MAINTAIN ‘GOOD WORKS’
December 11 Bible Reading: Titus Chapters 1-3
"This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful." (Titus 3:8, 14)
A major theme in this letter of Apostle Paul to Titus is good works (1:16; 2:7, 14; 3:1, 8, 14). Paul is emphasizing that what he has written (vv. 4–8) is a trustworthy statement, one that is central to the Christian faith. These things are good and profitable, and emphasize the practical benefit of good works. People who are busy for the Lord do not have time for useless arguments!
Titus was to teach the other Christians to show hospitality, to care for the sick and afflicted, and to be generous toward those who were in need. Instead of working merely to meet their own needs and wants, they should have the distinctly Christian vision of earning money in order to share with the less privileged (Eph. 4:28b). This would save them from the misery of selfishness and the tragedy of a wasted, unfruitful life.
A recurring theme throughout the New Testament is that believers should live up to their holy calling. They should continue being sanctified (Heb. 10:14, 23–26). Justification is solely a gift from God, but we will be rewarded according to what we do on this earth (Rev. 22:12). What a tragedy it will be for some to stand ashamed at Christ’s return (1 John 2:28). How much better it will be to abound in good works which the Holy Spirit empowered us to do!