Jul 14th 2021 · Day 195
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It is around 2,000 years since Paul wrote the letter in today’s reading to his friend and colleague, Titus. Yet, one of the issues that he addresses is an issue that still faces Christian communities today – the relationship between grace and responsibility.
The misunderstanding of this, one of the most basic elements of Christian truth, is still evident all around us in the twenty-first century. How so? Sometimes we fall into the trap of believing (incorrectly) that to follow Jesus we need to earn His favour (or grace). But we can never earn His favour and in fact do not need to, as we receive His salvation, goodness, kindness and blessings freely through His grace. But we must also understand that with that free gift comes a responsibility.
That’s why in verses 7-8, Paul writes,‘being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.’
We cannot earn God’s grace through the things we do, but likewise we cannot be effective in sharing God’s grace with a world desperately in need of that grace without doing something!
It is such activity, driven by understanding the responsibility we carry that causes Paul to say that as we ‘devote’ ourselves to ‘good works’, these things are found to be ‘excellent’ and ‘profitable’ for others.
Good works don’t save us, but they show that we are His.
Pause and reflect: Thank God for His free gift of salvation, and ask Him to show you how to express the responsibility it carries in a ‘devoted’, ‘excellent’ and ‘profitable’ way.
Alan and his wife Paula have both known and served Jesus since childhood in various capacities in their local church communities. They are both also a part of Prayer Centre Wales and share the passion for prayer to return to the heart of the nation.
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