For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 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. (Titus 3:3-8 ESV)
What a clear description of our condition at the time God saved us, who clearly saved us because of His mercy and nothing at all in us. But Paul doesn’t stop there but explains that those who have been saved must be careful to devote themselves to good works. Good works are a result of being saved (not a condition).
Does your salvation inspire you to do good works?
Thank the Lord for His good works toward you.
McCheyne’s reading plan: 2 Ki 18, Philemon 1, Ho 11, Ps 72