Much is made of good works and their role in the life of a Christian. In fact, many place good works at the top of a life lived for Christ. They believe the more good works they do the more credit they store up with God. Unfortunately this thought is unscriptural and all too common.
In Titus, Paul reminds his readers that good works are wonderful things and should be done by God’s people without reservation. However, they don’t merit salvation. This is only accomplished through Christ. Try as we may we can never justify ourselves through our own good works. Salvation is only made possible through the grace and mercy of God through the righteousness of Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross. And because of this mercy and grace we have become heirs and inheritors of eternal life. Thus, we are now set free to do those good works that truly profit all people. In so doing we avoid the prideful and selfish things that cause division and quarrels among people looking for stature or place, and focus solely on Christ while working for the sake of others.
Prayer: Father, thank you for your grace and mercy. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Carlin Ours, Pastor of Organ Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC.