In this letter Paul reminds Titus that we are saved by the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives…not because of any good works we may accomplish.
We need to be periodically reminded of that basic yet important point.
Even though on one level we know we are completely unable to earn our salvation, it is easy for us to fall into a works based relationship with God. In other words, while we know that good works don’t get us into heaven, we may subtly accept that good works give us a higher place in heaven.
If we meet some other Christian who has accomplished many amazing things, do we automatically assume they will have earned a more honorable place in heaven?
It is because of this subtle yet deeply rooted thinking that causes many of us to be driven in our practices and even in the ministries that the Lord leads us into.
We want to accomplish great things for God…and if it brings us some rewards and acclaim along the way…so much the better.
This is why the work of regeneration and renewal in our hearts by the Holy Spirit is so critical.
Paul calls it a washing…a cleansing.
Both of the Greek words used for regeneration and renewal can also be translated as renovation.
God the Holy Spirit is renovating us…especially our hearts.
The reality is that when we come to Christ…we are in need of renovation.
In spite of all the self-help books that have been written…we cannot renovate ourselves.
We need the Holy Spirit to do the necessary renovation.
Our role is to submit…daily…hourly…minute by minute.
My wife and I just finished a minor renovation on our home. But before that renovation could begin…we needed to recognize that need for renovation.
It is much easier for the Holy Spirit to do the work of regeneration and renewal within us if we recognize our need for regeneration and renewal and give Him our cooperation.
Take some time this weekend to examine how the Spirit may want to do some renovation in you…
Prayer: Lord, show me the work of renovation that You are trying to accomplish in my life.