We have been redeemed from lawlessness (Titus 2:14); from every man doing what is right in his own eyes (Judges 17:6). We were purchased by the blood of Jesus shed on the Cross of Calvary for a reason. The reason: so that He could purify a people to call His own so that we could then share our life with Him and He could share His life (and life’s work) with us. Tutus states it this way: “…to purify for Himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”
The good works He is talking about here is the call on every true disciple of the Lord to do as He did and continues to do today through His Church. Jesus said: “The things that I do you shall do also and greater things than these shall you do…” (John 14:12). These are the “good works” that He prepared for us to do before we were even born (Ephesians 2:10). It is these “good works” that cause us to be “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14-16). It is these “good works” that His written Word – the Bible – “completes us and equips us” to accomplish (2 Timothy 3:17). It is these “good works” that we are called to devote ourselves to – that we are to focus on (Titus 3:8a, 14) in our everyday life.
The good works that we are called to do have always been to share in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ who came to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). This was His main focus and everything else He did – healing, casting out demons, teaching, raising the dead, cleansing lepers, giving sight to blind and hearing to the deaf – were instruments in His ministry to draw others to the Father and ultimately salvation and Heaven. So should it be in our lives today.
We must be sure that the main thing remains the main thing and that we don’t become sidetracked and thus major on the minors. When members of a Church focus on reaching their communities and city for Jesus, life is released into all their activities and health returns to the local church resulting in spiritual growth for individual members … a growing number of new converts and an increase in the number of people attending.