But you were washed...
Thoughts for Today:[Today we begin a three part series in which we will take a closer look at some very important Christian concepts. The first: "You were washed."]
When Paul speaks about washing, he is not talking about work we must do to earn salvation, but of what Jesus has already done. Titus 3:2-5 sums this up rather nicely: "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."
It seems that Paul is saying to the young pastor Titus, "You must teach the young and old of your church how to live for God. However, you must do so with great humility. Remember first, the Lord washed, renewed and saved you; not because of any exceptional talent or value of your own, but according to God's grace and the incomparable generosity of Jesus." It would be wise for all Christians to heed Paul's instruction.
Questions to Ponder:Some believers can be a little prideful when they look at themselves as better than those who do not know Jesus. This is an incorrect perspective as far as Paul is concerned and ,contributed to a whole host of problems within the Corinthian Church. Do you sometimes forget where you came from? The sinful life you once led? Remember, our sin has been washed away, cleansed by the blood of Jesus. Not because of anything we've done. Therefore, our position in Him doesn't make us any better than anyone else -- only saved.