DAY 27 - Read Daily26-11-2019 | Grace Henry | YOUTH
Day 27 - Saved to works, not by works
- How would you summarise this verse in your own words?
- Why do you think we has Christians can struggle to devote ourselves to living honest and holy lives which are pleasing to God?
- What role, then, do good works play in the Christian life?
Devotion Transcript (Watch on Baptist Youth Youtube Channel)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - as human we can easily forget. Even when we’ve been told, we can still forget. It’s like when your mum tells you to do something. Something she has reminded you of five times already and you tell yourself ‘all right I won’t forget’, yet you still forget to do it.
Here in v8, Paul is stressing to us that those would believe in God must make it their obligation to maintain good works. But there is something that is easy to forget and Paul points this out for Titus. Look with me at v8.
“The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to ‘insist’ on these things”
Paul is saying that the 6 previous verses are trustworthy and he’s stressing that the people of Crete are to insist/hold on to them. And if we read on, we find the next reminder.
“so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works.”
Here we see that when we believe in God, we are to be wise in devoting ourselves. or giving our all, to good works. Now Paul here is not saying that we are saved by works! Far from it! It is by Grace you have been saved through faith, remember? What Paul is saying is that we, by believing in God and having a personal relationship with Him, should be driven to do good works. Now good woks doesn’t just mean charity work or random acts of kindness, it means to do all that is upright and good - to have an honest and holy life. Why? Look with me at the end of v8.
“These things are excellent and profitable for people.”