How to be Productive For The Lord

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Work

It has been suggested by some writers that the Cretan Christians may have been a bit lazy and were therefore unable to provide for their daily necessities, much less be of use to anyone else. Throughout this letter Paul has been stressing the need for good works, not to earn salvation but to serve others.

He just seems to be reemphasizing it in His closing statements (v. 14). This would give Titus a good opportunity to cultivate in the Cretan Christians a spirit of giving. This is needful not only for the furtherance of the gospel but also for the spiritual welfare of the Christians. It has been said that “Christianity which does not involve hard work, generosity and self-denial is apt to become a barren profession.” The  pastor who does not give his people an opportunity for good works does his people and church a great injustice.

It is not known who Paul was referring to when he used the phrase “all that are with me” (v. 15). It would seem that Paul’s fellow workers at the time of the writing were Zenas and Apollos and they were also the ones who delivered this letter to Titus.

When he says, grace be with you it is just a reminder that the gospel is all of grace and it is his desire that the Cretan believers might continually remember to experience its beneficial influence.

Application

As I grow older I need to keep reevaluating how I can be the most productive for the Lord? When I was younger I had lots more physical stamina and endurance than I do now. As I grow older I can still do lots of things but just need to work smarter.

Titus 3:14-15 (English Standard Version)

And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful. All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.

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