“He gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.” – Titus 2:14 NAS
Notice the phrase “zealous for good deeds.” God wants us to be eager, passionate and committed to good works. Not “being good,” that is a religious idea, but doing good, committing to goodness toward others in accordance with the Holy Spirit. God wants to empower us with his nature so that our very imagination becomes engaged in loving service to others. What does it look like to be imaginative in our love for all, to be creative in the spreading of hope and to be looking for opportunities to bless at every turn?
Paul goes on to encourage the young preacher, “These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you. 3:1 Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, 2 to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men. 3 For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. 4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit…”
It’s obvious God saved us for more than a mere life of “trying not to do bad things.” He saved us to be ALIVE to God and transformed into the image of LOVE and GLORY. We need to embrace the transformative call and be baptized into Him, being filled up and expressing Him in the very trajectory and momentum of our lives. Our day to day needs to be filled with our zealously looking for the opportunity to share this goodness with others. To be good toward others. In an age filled with biting and polarizing rhetoric, we need to seek good. The energy of God’s love pushes us toward goodness. We ought to seek service.
We cannot do this ourselves, we need to be absorbed in Him to ultimately express this level of fruit. I pray that God fills us with Himself and His nature and that we are graced beyond measure to attain a level of ministry that shows His glory.