Titus 3:1-7 (NKJV)
In church today, my pastor gave an excellent sermon to the effect that Jesus can choose anyone to God’s work– even misfits and “losers”. In fact, it seems as if Jesus had gone out of His way to find the broken, the common, the everyday hard working man, the people who struggle, the people the rest of society seems to look down upon or disregard-and call to them to do great works. The point my pastor was getting across, quite simply, was that God has use for all of us. We are all worthy of giving and contributing something to His plan.
Jesus not only healed the lepers, the blind, the Deaf, the demon possessed, the adulterous, the uncircumcised, but He also called upon these people to be witnesses. In addition, He called upon the tax collector, the former persecutor, the fishermen, various women, and even children. The same could be said of God, especially– God chose David, Moses, Abraham, and many others who have had character flaws or came with challenges or humble means or sinful backstory. Consider Titus 3:3 —
“For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.”
Regardless of our pasts, presents, or what we may do in the future, the potential to do great things for God is always there. And if God calls you, you should be honored! It means you are valued and wanted and needed! It means you have something God values and something God needs from you– something that might need to be shared with others who could greatly benefit from your gift. We may not be perfect, but there is still something within us that has merit and value to God and His plan. And that something may have value to others who are in desperate need.
The other message I get from Titus 3:1-7 is that despite our past sins and checkered pasts… despite how unworthy we may seem to be, or how hard we work to try and follow the laws and do great works– no matter how hard we may work towards perfection or how much we may fall back to sin– it is only by God’s grace that we are ultimately saved.
God’s mercy on us… the power of the regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit at baptism… the awesome power of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and the power of His forgiveness– these ingredients are the recipe for our salvation. If our hearts and minds are accepting of these truths, we are already saved. We place our faith in the power of Christ’s forgiveness so even when it seems like we fall short and can’t live up to lofty expectations, we can still be saved and we can still be called to do God’s work.