Titus 3; Jeremiah 17-18; Psalm 127
Alright, I’ll admit it. Sometimes I begin to think about how lucky God is to have me as one of His followers. I start thinking pretty highly of myself. I wonder what God would do without me. Oh, and people like me – not that there are many. Then I read His word and my fantasy world comes crashing down.
Paul wrote to Titus and talked about how we used to be enslaved to foolish passions and pleasures. He talked about the hate in our life. Then, he explained what God did. “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” (Titus 3:4-5a) In the midst of my hatred, god showed me kindness and love.
As followers of Christ, we are often reminded that the ground at the foot of the cross is level. Sometimes people will ask me what that means when I remind myself of that saying. The meaning is very simple: everyone comes to saving faith in Jesus Christ the same way – through the kindness and love of God. We come to that saving faith when we realize that instead of thinking God is lucky to have us on His team, we are blessed beyond measure to be able to be in God’s family.
I am a sinner, saved by the mercy of God. Because I have received that mercy, I have the responsibility to show that same love, kindness, and mercy to others. And, just as God sought me out to show that mercy, so too am I to seek out others to whom I should show my mercy.
Oh Lord, as I think of my own sin, my own attitudes, and my own issues I am struck with my need for You. Continue to work in me so that I no longer consider my own concerns, but am consumed with Your concerns for a lost and dying world.