Titus 3:7 Have Hope By His Grace

so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7

Throughout the world people work hard to accomplish great things in their own lives or those around them. As they work hard, they hope that they will succeed or make a difference.

All their hope is found in their own abilities and what they have done, and is being compared with what others have done. Often there is a lot of insecurity and fear of not being able to succeed or make the difference desired. There is no solid hope to hold on to.

As Paul talks about salvation, he points out that people are justified by God’s grace so that they can have the assurance of eternal life.

People like to know that what they did was good and good for something. They want to be able to earn what they receive. As a result of this desire, people will try to justify all of their actions as good and worthwhile. The world will justify sin in the name of freedom.

Believers will often try to justify their salvation by what they have done. Some will point out all the good things that they have done, how they read their bible and go to church, then claim that they are clean before God and deserve heaven.

Once a person sins, he has an eternal death sentence upon his head that nothing he can do will remove. Doing all the good things in the world and living perfectly does not remove the judgement against sin.

It is only by the grace of God that any person can have that judgement removed. It is putting trust and hope in the work of Jesus Christ that saves and gives the assurance of eternal life to come.

Your life is no different than that of any other person that has lived upon this earth. You are or were a sinner who did not know God, nor Jesus Christ. All the good things that you were doing fell short of getting you into heaven.

God in His great mercy and grace sent Jesus to pay for your sins. If you have chosen to repent and believe in what Jesus did, you will be justified before God from all your sins and given the hope of eternal life. This hope is assurance that it will happen, but not by your works, but by God’s grace.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will not work for your salvation, but trust in the work of Jesus Christ; that you will know you have eternal life in Jesus; and that you will live your life believing in and following God.

Acts 23:1 Did You Fulfill Your Duty?

Paul look straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” Acts 23:1

Having a duty or work to complete is something that most people have. Many have duty to do with their workplace, underneath an employer. All have some duty to do within their own home, city, state or nation.

Although most will complete their duty that is required of them, some try to skirt around the work and do as little as possible. Some will even completely skip doing the needed work.

As Paul was being tried in a court with the Sanhedrin, he tells them that he has fulfilled his duty to God with a clear conscience.

It is easy for most people to do the needed work when the boss is standing right over them watching it get done. It is often much more difficult to complete the work, when the boss is not watching. People like the easiest way out.

Although believers know that God is right there and watching, many times they do not fully believe it and feel as if they can get by with not doing the needed work. God has called every believer to be a witness, at a minimum. Not only has He called people to be a witness, He calls them to physically help others.

Every believer has taken the step of believing in Jesus, but many have stopped there. They don’t fulfill their duty to God by being a witness or helping hand to others. It is commonly left up to the pastor, elders or someone else to be that witness.

Instead of shirking the work needed to be done, every believer must be willing to do God’s work on this earth as best as he can.

As a believer, God has a duty for you to fulfill on this earth. As long as you are alive, there is still work to be done.

Every day you get up, seek to find out and do what God has for you to do that day. Work for God in such a way that you can say you fulfilled your duty to God that day with a clear conscience.

Do not hold back anything from doing what God has called you to do.

Did you fulfill your duty to God today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has for you to do; that you will do the work that God has for you to do; that God will build His kingdom through you; and that God will be able to say that you have done well as a good and faithful servant.