It’s really no thanks to any of us who are saved that we are saved. While all of us were busy being “foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another” (Titus 3:3), God showed us kindness and love to save us in spite of ourselves (Titus 3:4).
Despite that reality, Paul knew that because of our human nature we would need to be reminded of the following:
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:5-7
Good works are a good thing for any society, but if they aren’t based on this doctrine mentioned above then those good works don’t account for anything to God. This is why Paul points this out in the next verse:
This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. Titus 3:8
For any good work to be really worth something, one must consider if the motives behind it are based on the “faithful saying,” the 100% reliability, of Titus 3:4-7. Isn’t it worthwhile then to be careful about our intent?
When we do so, our good works will:
- Glorify God (John 15:8).
- Bless mankind (end of v. 8 above; James 1:25).
- Be remembered by God (Hebrews 6:9-10).
- Be evidence of our faith on judgment day (Matthew 25:34-40).
Not only is our intent behind the good works important, it’s excellent when we are consistent and constant in performing them in order to be:
- Passionate in them (Titus 2:14).
- Spiritually equipped for them (2 Timothy 3:17).
- Rich and established in them (1 Timothy 6:18; 2 Thessalonians 2:17).
- Prepared to carry out any and all of them (Titus 3:1).
- Provoking other believers to do them (Hebrews 10:24).
Isn’t it also a comfort to know we’re not on our own in all of these things since the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, gives us the capability to do all of it (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)?