Our scripture this morning is Titus 3:1-7.
“Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone. Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But— When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 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. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”
Paul writes sound advice in this letter to his friend Titus. He reminds us that “once we, too, were foolish and disobedient” (v. 3). Every believer was separated from God at one time, but through the work of the Holy Spirit and the testimony of the faithful, we have been brought back to Him.
God has sought us since the beginning and placed His messengers in our lives to speak the truth. We too are called to witness to others that all people may hear the Good News. This sacred task is a mark of God’s confidence in us, to send us to the world in His name.
Paul speaks of God’s grace that “made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life” (v. 7). The promise of salvation is given to all who put their trust in Jesus and His sacrifice for us. In God’s love we can stand together against evil and await Christ coming again.
Loving Lord, we are amazed that You include us in the work of Your kingdom. Help us to be faithful representatives of Your mercy to all people. Amen.