Be Careful (Titus 3, Ecclesiastes 11)

“The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works.  These things are profitable for people,” Titus 3:8

Last week John and I travelled to North Carolina to lead in a series of revival meetings.  One of the funny but serious things that always happens with Sherry is that when you talk with her, while away, is that she always ends the conversation with the following words, “I love you and please be careful.”  One night last year, John was in the bed talking with her and she closed the conversation as she always does.  After hanging up John began to laugh while saying, “do I need to be careful while I sleep?”

As Paul brings to a conclusion his letter to Titus we hear him saying, “I love you and please be careful.”  But he adds, “to devote yourself to good works.”  

Question: “How hard is it to devote oneself to good works?”  The answer, “It takes devotion.”

Think it through:

1.  The ground-rules

One must, “Be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

2.  The great-realty

We used to devote ourselves to evil works, but God saved us (Vs: 3-4)

3. The glorious response

We devote ourselves to being careful because we want to be profitable for the sake of the gospel. As we are careful in good works, God is glorified as the gospel is shining forth in our lives!

Our response:

Are there things in your life that you are not being careful about?  Maybe in your speech or maybe in your thought life?  Could it be that you need to create a budget so that you can be careful to use God’s money wisely?

Our response should be, “Lord,  I want to be careful with all of my life, so that you will be honored in all of my life!”

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