Bible Studies for Life
September 2 2018
Titus 3:3-11 (HCSB)
There is a quote on the wall at my doctor’s office from the great Yogi Berra “When you come to a fork in the road take it.” Obviously it is impossible to follow his advice. Often we must choose a direction and move forward. Christians are at this point in the culture. Will we engage the culture or retreat? If we take Scripture seriously we must “engage.” The question then becomes “How do we engage a culture that is post-Christian post-truth and ever-increasingly hostile to Christians?” Paul’s answer was transformational engagement in terms of “introspection of sin” and “intentionality of service.”
Paul called us to do some introspection in regards to sin. He gave an astonishing contrast. Paul was a good man according to the Jewish standards of his day (Phil. 3:4-6). Concerning the righteousness of the law he was totally blameless (Phil. 3:6). Yet he included himself in the list of sins. Paul knew that sin is an inner attitude that often manifests itself as destructive and unacceptable behavior. Titus 3:3 is in past tense. Sin should not characterize our lives.
Christians need to do a reality check. Until we are aware of our sinfulness we will neither look any different from the culture nor will we impact it. Until we are aware of our own sinfulness we will never appreciate the goodness love and mercy of God (Titus 3:4-5). We were once sinners just like those in the world but the Lord through His goodness love and mercy saved us (Titus 3:5-7). After Paul told us to look introspectively at our sin he then said we need to devote ourselves to good works.
Paul called us to be intentional in our service. Why? Because good works are “good and profitable” for everyone (Titus 3:8). Everyone? Unless we have the world sitting in our churches on Sunday we are not going to be “salt and light.” Transformational engagement of the culture happens in our daily lives as we live for the Lord.