Zealous, Ready, Careful, Devoted

Our great God and Savior Jesus Christ… gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works… Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work… The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people… And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.” Titus 2:13-14; 3:1,8,14

Good works accompany genuine faith, and about good works it is clear we are to be zealous, ready, careful, and fully devoted. We have been redeemed and purified to do good works, and designed for particular ones within the Body of Christ. These works are the hallmark and proof of our faith, evidence of Christ’s transforming of the very inclination of our hearts. Bearing the fruit of good works is no option for the believer in Jesus– it is our life mission, the very purpose for which we were saved. (John 15:8,16; Ephesians 2:10; James 2:18,22,26)

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How does the way we spend our time, money, and other resources identify us as Christ’s possession? Does the unbelieving world see us expending ourselves for our own benefit, pleasure, and promotion, or for a higher purpose? What do our deeds betray about our allegiances and motives? Do they draw others to ourselves in pride, or to the worthy King we serve? In what ways does our submission to those in authority over us free us from self-will, preparing us to do good work with glad abandon?

Would we begin each morning seeking the specific work God has for us this day, and trust that even if we do not understand it or especially feel so inclined, it is excellent, worthwhile, and profitable in His divine economy? Would we be willing to step outside the comfort boundaries we have delineated, into the place or task we know God has prepared, and therefore provided for? When our zeal flags, and focus and devotion wane, would we ask in confident hope that God’s Spirit would renew our fervency and empower our service? “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” (Romans 12:11-12; 2 Corinthians 9:8)

Gracious Lord, Holy Fuel of my passion and commitment, ignite me each day to do the good works You deign for me. May I so demonstrate my faith and honor Your redemption of my soul, to the praise of Your goodness and glory.

One thought on “Zealous, Ready, Careful, Devoted”

  1. Amen! Though the genuine fruit of good works is hard to produce, thanks be to the power of Holy Spirit, in our submission and willingness, it will be done and taste good.

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