Titus 2

Good Things — Part 2

Titus 2 tells us that older women are to teach younger women to be good. To be good. That sounds like “from the inside out” kinda stuff to me. Not just a put-on, but deep-down goodness. From the heart. From the bowels, to borrow a KJV concept.

If we be good we automatically do good. A corn plant grows corn; an apple tree bears apples; a good bush brings forth good fruit. The Bible makes it clear that one cannot do Godliness or goodness without a heart change. God and good are strongly related. “There is none good but God.”

So we find that in order to do good, we must be good. In order to be good, we must come into relationship with God, walk daily with Him, allow His Spirit control in our lives; in short, we must be His disciples. We can learn goodness and attain goodness in no other way.

Anything else is counterfeit, put-on, fake — mere attempts by mankind to self-satisfy, or to gratify an itch to do something in this life that might bring meaning to chaos and emptiness; something to make men “feel good” about themselves. Bottom line: self is the motivator.

Good is wrapped up in service to others, showing sincere deference to their needs and wishes. It is esteeming others higher than oneself. It is respecting and honoring them as His creation. It is loving those around me — I mean really, truly loving them and doing them good. It is God-sized stuff.

    For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2.10

This is what we were made for. This is our greatest destiny. To be good, to do good. To serve others. To love as He loved. This is God-sized stuff. I dare you to try and do it on your own. I don’t mean to discourage, but you will fail. We need Him for this endeavor. And the beauty of it all is this: goodness reflects Him — reveals Him — like nothing else will.

Today, love those around you, do good to those who despise you, serve the smallest one of all. Do God-sized stuff. The world waits for, longs for, and needs you, Oh woman of God!

Discussion

Comments are disallowed for this post.

  1. Really great post, Mom. So easy to write off a [trite] command like “be good”… but wow. The depth of the implications! And the depth of our need for a truly Holy Spirit encounter — daily! — in order to fulfill such a command. God really has quite the supernatural, Spirit-filled life in mind for His disciples.

    Posted by Danica Dunphey | January 12, 2009, 8:10 am
  2. I love when you wrote this: “I dare you to try and do it on your own. I don’t mean to discourage, but you will fail. We need Him for this endeavor.”

    Straight talking is exactly what I thrive on! Thanks.

    Posted by Angela | January 12, 2009, 9:21 am
  3. this post was so what has been happening to my heart more and more of late – those that “I” have felt just did not want to change – well, it is not my decision – but when God changed my heart and filled it so much with His love that it overflowed and became my love intertwined – I changed – I became transformed, and the Holy Spirit who lives in me came alive – the good in me keeps pouring out onto those that I had felt needed to be set apart from me – how could I finish growing if I didn’t have challenges – if I didn’t pour out what has been poured out to me – I cannot give up for He never never gave up on me – to serve others – to give a kind word – I was given several opportunities today, and I know today I come away knowing He is well pleased, and I have a peace and a joy resonating within me – this post was special to me

    Posted by Bonnie B | January 12, 2009, 4:13 pm