Our scripture this morning is Titus 3:4-7.
 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,  he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,  whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,  so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
People sometimes think that being “good” is enough to save us from our sin. However, Paul writes “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” The only thing we can “do” to obtain salvation is admit our human failing and turn to God for mercy.
Jesus came as an example to us of what a life fully connected to God looks like. There were obstacles to overcome and people who opposed Him. When things got really hard, He prayed for relief, but He always accepted God’s will for His life. Too often we think that a life in God will be easy; we need only look to Jesus to see the truth.
Jesus was obedient in what God asked of Him, even unto death. Our call is the same – to love God, love neighbor, and make disciples, no matter what the world throws at us. Our lives in Him may never be easy, but His promise is worth enduring any earthly hardship. We hear that “having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”
Heavenly Father, we are grateful for the example of our Savior and His sacrifice for us. Bless us to be energetic workers for Your kingdom, carrying the Good News everywhere. Amen.