October 12/Titus 3

This chapter is all wrapped up in us doing good. It starts out in verse one with us submitting to our government leaders and doing good. Not that easy when you think of some of the government leaders we have had and with the two front runners now for the presidency! But that does not eliminate the command for us to do good.

The middle verse in this chapter > verse 8 says that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. And the next to the last verse > verse 14 says that we must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others, so that we will not be unproductive. Christians obey God by doing good works. Why?

Well because of the good things God has done for us. God is into doing good. What did God do for us that was good > well here is what verses 4-7 say > Titus 3:4–7 (NLT) — 4 But—When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.

Wow go ahead and list all of the things he did for us! Now out of the gratefulness of our hearts we would go about doing good. Obedience is the worship that we give to God. Obedience is what we really think of God. In the Old Testament people came to worship God with animal sacrifices but listen to what God says > 1 Samuel 15:22 (NLT) — 22 But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

As we obey we are submitting or bowing to the Lord in worship. We are saying ‘Yes Lord’. You want me to love my neighbor as myself; Yes Lord. You want me to obey my parents; Yes Lord. You want me to forgive that child molester; Yes Lord. You want me to give the first of my income to you; Yes Lord. You want me to give thanks in everything; Yes Lord. You want me to obey my parents; Yes Lord. You don’t want me to gossip or slander; Yes Lord. You want me to witness to my classmates, the people at my work, the waitress at the coffee shop; Yes Lord. You want me to volunteer at Hilltop; Yes Lord:)!

You see worship isn’t coming to church on Sunday and singing a few songs, listening to a sermon, saying a prayer, receiving the blessing and then going home. Worship is hearing the voice of God and obeying. The Father is looking for true worshippers see John 4:23-24. True worshipers are obedient worshipers.

Example: When Jeroboam became King over the Northern Tribes of Israel this is what God said to him >

1 Kings 11:37–38 (NLT) — 37 And I will place you on the throne of Israel, and you will rule over all that your heart desires. 38 If you listen to what I tell you and follow my ways and do whatever I consider to be right, and if you obey my decrees and commands, as my servant David did, then I will always be with you. I will establish an enduring dynasty for you as I did for David, and I will give Israel to you.

But he didn’t listen to or obey the Lord. Instead he made two golden calves and had the people worship them. So this is what God said to him through the prophet Ahijah >

1 Kings 14:8–11 (NLT) — 8 I ripped the kingdom away from the family of David and gave it to you. But you have not been like my servant David, who obeyed my commands and followed me with all his heart and always did whatever I wanted. 9 You have done more evil than all who lived before you. You have made other gods for yourself and have made me furious with your gold calves. And since you have turned your back on me, 10 I will bring disaster on your dynasty and will destroy every one of your male descendants, slave and free alike, anywhere in Israel. I will burn up your royal dynasty as one burns up trash until it is all gone. 11 The members of Jeroboam’s family who die in the city will be eaten by dogs, and those who die in the field will be eaten by vultures. I, the Lord, have spoken.’ ”

Would you say the Lord takes obedience seriously? At the end of 1 Kings 14 the writer of this book writes Jeroboam’s obituary >

1 Kings 14:19 (NLT) — 19 The rest of the events in Jeroboam’s reign, including all his wars and how he ruled, are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel.

All this writer did, in chapters 13 & 14 was write a couple of things about Jeroboam’s disobedience. He didn’t write about the wars he was involved in or how he ruled his people or how he handled the media or what his foreign policy was. He was only focused on how Jeroboam worshiped. Why? BECAUSE NOTHING ELSE MATTERS! And that is what this third chapter of Titus is all about.

Apply it to yourself. If it is your obituary does it matter if you turned your business into Fortune 500 company, that you were a member of Kiwanis, loved to hunt and fish and spend time with your grandchildren. Does anything matter if you don’t worship the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ?

Romans 12:1 (NLT) — 1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Titus also had to deal with the Judizers. They were more concerned about man’s law and tracing their lineage to Abraham. Paul reminds us that who we know, and follow, i.e. Jesus is more important than who our earthly father is and how legalistic we are. The church today has the same problem. Some people are more concerned about your denominational lineage than if follow Christ. Let’s keep what is important, important.