Living for Jesus
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. ~Titus 2:14
Our scripture this morning challenges us about “living for Jesus.” God does not just save us from our sins so that we can go to heaven, but He saves us so that we have an eternal purpose in this life. Many believers miss out on all that God wants to do for and through them because they do not think in terms of the “next step” after they get saved. Let’s see this morning the who, the what, and the how to live for Jesus.
We see the PEOPLE in redemption.
“Who gave himself for us…” To “redeem” means to “buy out.” It has the idea of a valuable exchange taking place. Jesus, through His shed blood, paid the only acceptable price to redeem us from our sins. Jesus Christ is the Redeemer through His voluntary and vicarious death on the cross, and we are the redeemed when we by faith call on Him to be our Savior and Redeemer. The “us” in verse 14 is every person who calls on the Lord as Savior. We belong to a special classification of those who have been redeemed!
We see the PERFORMANCE in redemption.
“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity…” Through redemption, all of our sins are paid for in full! We are redeemed from ALL iniquity! Jesus’ shed blood and death on the cross atones for every sin. There is no sin that cannot be washed and covered by the blood of Christ. “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God,” I Cor. 6:11. Christ’s death on the cross is a once-and-for-all transaction. No more sacrifices for sin are required or necessary. Knowing this delivers us from the haunting insecurity and guilt about our sins. Praise the Lord; all of our sins are paid for in full!
We see the PURIFYING in redemption.
“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people.” The word “purify” gives us the doctrine of sanctification. We are set apart as a special people. We are the people of God! As the people of God, we are a privileged people. As the people of God, we are a priestly people. We have the ability to come to God as priests. As the people of God, we are a protected people. As the people of God, we are a prioritized people. We are saved out of a sinful life and brought into a glorious life where victory is ours through Jesus! This purifying makes us a holy people. As such, we must “come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.”
We see the PASSION from our redemption.
“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” We are redeemed to live for Jesus! We are redeemed to be passionately zealous of good works for the Lord. The moment we are saved, God wants us to be actively serving Him. The normal Christian life is one that is zealous of good works. God’s people should be zealous to win souls, to spend time in prayer, to help clean and maintain the house of God, to serve one another, to worship with fervor, and to do whatever is needed and expected of us. A saved life is a special life! A saved life is a serving life! A saved life is a zealous life.
We see the PROSPECT in our redemption.
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” As God’s peculiar people, one thing keeps our zeal from diminishing. That one thing is being constantly on the lookout for the coming of our Lord! Living for Jesus is passionate, personal, and possible as we keep looking for the Lord’s soon return!
Live for Jesus! Remember the who, the what, and the how of a redeemed life. Be a Christian zealous of good works for the Lord!
Have a zealous God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 Kings 6-8