Read: Titus 3:5-15
Memory Verse: Titus 3:8
This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
There are many other medals besides those given for valor. There are “participation” awards. These are given for participating in a certain theater of operation or campaign. Achievement Awards are based on completing a task or a job well done. Commendation medals are awarded for meritorious or distinguished service.
The one that always amuses me is the “Good Conduct” medal or better known among the ranks as the “I didn’t mess up” medal. As long as you behave and don’t do anything bad you will receive a Good Conduct medal every three years.
In Titus 3:8 Paul admonishes us to “be careful to maintain good works”. God wants us to do more than just not being bad; He wants us to be good. We are not saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8-9) but “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (vs. 10)
Good conduct should be expected of a Christian but it is something we have to learn how to do; Titus 3:14 – “And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.” It is not enough to just not be bad as a Christian, God wants to be good. Find out “what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2) and do it!
One day you and I will “appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10). Make sure you live your life in a way that you will be rewarded for your good behavior.
Meditation for the Day: What are the good works that I should be doing? How can I do better?
Assignment: Make a list of the “good works” that we will be judged for. Post the list as a set of goals to strive for.
For Fun: Make a “Good Conduct” medal and award it to someone that you see doing good things.