Journal Entry by Paul Davila
S – Scripture: Titus 3:14 (NIV)
“Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.”
O - Observation
As I read through the three short chapters of the book of Titus, the word “good” appeared many times. Below are the other places it appears in this short letter:
1:8 one who loves what is good
1:16 disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
2:3 teach what is good
2:7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good.
2:14 eager to do what is good.
3:1 to be ready to do whatever is good
3:8 those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good
Paul is making it clear to Titus as he teaches the churches he is overseeing, the importance for a believer to be actively doing good. It should be part and parcel with the lifestyle of those who profess faith.
Paul also explains that salvation is not based on good works as he says in Titus 3:4-5 “But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.”
A - Application
We don’t do good to gain salvation of rewards points with God – we are called to do good to demonstrate to one another and the world who it is we are serving and living for.
In the Alpha commentary, they make the comment that in today’s society, the word “do-gooder” is used in a derogatory manner. This is so true. They put a negative spin and connotation to the term, yet doing good is something we are called to do. As Paul encourages, it’s learned behaviour that we need to devote ourselves to. Jesus went about doing good – so should we.
P - Prayer
Lord thank you firstly that it is by grace that we are saved. Thank you for your mercies which are new every morning. Would you help me to be proactive in doing good to others as you instructed us to do. Open my eyes to see opportunities to do good today, I pray in Jesus name.