While preaching through the Epistle to Titus, I have noticed a common theme about doing good works. Paul insists that Titus should remind the Cretan believers to live like they believe. Notice how often he mentions godliness and good works in the epistle.
- 1:1 – “the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness“
- 1:16 – “They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.“
- 2:1 – “But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine“
- 2:6 – “in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works“
- 2:11 – “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age“
- 2:14 – “who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”
- 3:1 – “Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work.”
- 3:8 – “This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.“
- 3:14 – “And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.“
Why is this so important? Think of it this way. If you are telling someone that God saved you from your sinful past life but you are still living a sin filled life, your actions will contradict the message God is trying to “speak” through you.
A sure way to testify of the change God has made in your life is to live in a way that agrees with what God has done and taught in the Bible. That will involve not doing things that are inappropriate (1:16; 2:12) and doing things that are appropriate (2:1-9). Ask yourself the question, Is this action appropriate for someone who has been changed by God? Or, does this action match what the Bible teaches?
Someone has said that actions speak louder than words. Apparently, God thinks the same way … and so should we.