Paul Gives His Purpose For Living

An old deacon who used to pray every Wednesday night at prayer meeting always concluded his prayer the same way: “And, Lord, clean all the cobwebs out of my life.” The cobwebs were those things that ought not to have been there, but had gathered during the week. It got … More

Purpose

It is thought that Paul wrote this letter in between his first and second imprisonments in Rome and before he wrote 2 Timothy. Paul and Titus had obviously been together for a time on the island of Crete, preaching the gospel and instructing the Christians. Paul, a pioneer in spirit, had then moved on to new regions of conquest for Christ and left Titus to organize the local assemblies. Very briefly Paul gives us insight into his purpose for living (v. 1) He calls himself a “bond-servant” of God, which is someone who is committed to obeying God. This obedience led him to spending his life telling others about Jesus Christ. He also called himself an “apostle,” even though he was not one of the original 12. The word apostle means messenger or missionary.

Paul makes it clear that God cannot lie (v. 2). The eternal life that God has promised will be ours, because He keeps His promise. Therefore we can build our faith on the foundation of a trustworthy God who never lies. God is called “our savior” (v. 3), as is Jesus Christ (v. 4). Jesus did the work of salvation by dying for our sins and therefore He is our Savior. God planned the work of salvation, and He forgives our sins. This means that both the Father and the Son acted to save us from our sins. Titus was one of Paul’s most trusted co-workers. Paul left him in Crete to lead the new churches springing up here. He had leadership ability so Paul gave him leadership responsibility (v. 5).

Application

As Paul has given insight into his purpose for life it is a good time for me to consider my purpose in life. God doesn’t just leave me on this earth to roam around like a blind dog in a meat house. He has a plan for my life and I need to fit into that plan. It is so easy for me to want to do my own thing and waste my life. I know that winning people to the Lord and helping Christians to grow is my main purpose. This is what I am determined to do as long as God gives me a mind and body to perform?

Titus 1:1-5 (English Standard Version)

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior; To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you....

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