Key Verse: “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 2:14
The heart of the gospel message is clear; we are saved not because we are good enough or because we have done enough, we are saved by grace, through faith (See Ephesians 2:8-9). Nevertheless, Paul immediately after reaffirming this truth says in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
The message is clear, we are not saved by good works, but we are saved to do good works and we should be eager to do them. C. H. Spurgeon wrote in his book, ‘All Round Ministry’, “We have been clear upon the fact that good works are not the cause of salvation; let us be equally clear upon the truth that they are the necessary fruit of it.” He goes on to summarizes theses good works as, works of obedience, works of love, works of faith, and acts of common life. Just as Christ met us in our most urgent need when we had nothing to offer, we are to help those who find themselves in a desperate situation, as it is nothing else but a reflection of what Jesus has done for us.
Our calling is not to do good to earn some extra merit, to gain salvation or to make God love us more (that would be impossible). We do good out of our love for Christ, motivated by all he has done for us. This is why we should be eager to do good, because in doing we bring glory to God and show the fruit of our redemption.
Following Jesus changes the direction of our lives, and we should be walking on the path of obedience to God. This doesn’t mean that we simply dabble in doing good in our spare time or when we don’t have anything better to do. We don’t “volunteer to serve” God or others when we get a little extra time on our hands. Rather, serving God and doing good has become a fundamental part of our life.
Paul tells Timothy to “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way, they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:18-19