This past Sunday (March 11, 2012) I taught from Titus 3:1-8 and dealt with the importance of our witness of the gospel’s power to the non-belieiving world. The Scripture reminds us that our lives are like a vapor; a moment here…then gone. Therefore there must be a sense of urgency in our lives to make much of Jesus Christ by sharing that hope with those far from God.
In Titus 3:3 Paul challenged Titus to remember ‘how’ they once were. He wrote, “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.” There are few things that will motivate us more to share the gospel and seek the flourishing of others than an understanding of the depth of our own sin and the power of the gospel to bring salvation to wretched sinners like ourselves.
C.H. Spurgeon said, “Eyes that have wept over our own sin will always be most ready to weep over the sins of others. If you have judged yourselves with candor, you will not judge others with severity. You will be more ready to pity than to condemn, more anxious to hide a multitude of sins than to punish a single sinner.”
May we weep over our sin. May it break our hearts. May we see that we have sinned against a Holy God (Ps. 51:4). And yet let us not despair. Let us rejoice in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross that saves us.
For Paul would go on to give us great hope in Titus 3:4-7. “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.”
With great humility and thanksgiving let us remember how we once were that we might spend our lives making much of Jesus Christ who has made us a new creation.