Living Productively

From Lynda Lindsey 

While we wait for the blessed hope—-the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good. Titus 2:13-14

This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. Titus 3:8

Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives. Titus 3:14

Numerous times in Paul’s letter to Titus, we are instructed to love what is good, to do what is good, to teach what is good. Moreover, we are to be eager and ready to do what is good. We are the benchmark, the high bar, an example to others of what it means to love God, so that those who oppose us can find nothing bad to say about us! We are to carefully devote ourselves to doing good. Our aim is to live such that the teaching about God our Savior is attractive.

Society in Paul’s day was undisciplined, self-indulgent, and decadent, just as it is today; but the church, collectively and individually, is called to a higher standard of living. We learn to hold fast to and obey spiritual truths, to reject false teaching and false teachers. We develop godly character, self-discipline and restraint. We practice living together peaceably, teaching and learning from each other, in a spirit of love and humility. We teach, with courage and conviction, and train others to carry our Christ’s mission long after we are off the scene.

Paul’s directives for right living are applicable whether we are male, female, elders, deacons, young, old, married or single. In what we do, what we believe, and our relationships with believers and non-believers alike, we are to live productively for the kingdom of God. We purposefully and intentionally trust and obey God out of love and thankfulness to Him. From grateful hearts we desire to be useful and helpful to others. Set your heart to live productively for God...and you will find yourself on a daily adventure with Him!