We know Titus is in the New Testament. We probably know that Paul wrote it. We may know that it follows First and Second Timothy. But what does Titus teach? What do we remember about Titus. Sometimes, I think Paul’s letter to Titus and the broader Christian community gets short shrift. It shouldn’t.
When we consider being lost and then found or being a sinner and finding salvation and renewal (which we’ve been considering in the last couple of posts on this blog), I’m not sure Titus comes to mind. But it should. It should be near the top of what comes to mind.
In Titus 3:3-8, we find teaching that is gracious and liberating: “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 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. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.”
What is involved in no longer being lost? Kindness, love, mercy, rebirth, renewal, generosity, grace, goodness, God, Jesus. Are we lifting the lost up or holding them down? What are we stressing? According to Titus, it should be what is excellent and profitable “for everyone.”