“This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.” Titus 3:8
Who determines what is good? When Paul wrote to Titus saying, “so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good” – Titus is full of the word “good”. What is Paul instructing Titus to do? Is Titus to determine good from those around him? From himself? This is where our world would regard the content of what good is. But can good be determined by humans?
I would propose that good is not something that we create for ourselves looking at those around us or ourselves (although there is definitely potential for us to see good in those around us or even in ourselves). Goodness has been determined by the only true good being – God.
God has not only determined what is good but he has given us sixty-six books detailing what a good life looks like, and he gave us his son in which we see the ultimate example of goodness. Titus, therefore, in order to do good is to live a life that is in accordance to God’s Word.
If you desire goodness, or even if you desire to know what is right and what is wrong, come learn from the one and only good God. Read the Bible, research what God says about issues or concerns you have – e.g. marriage, how he invented it, that it was a gift to humanity and purposed to bring life. Spend time in prayer, asking God tough questions (and letting him respond). Most importantly, have a relationship with Jesus – invite Jesus into your life as your personal Lord and Saviour. For Paul did not connect trusting God with doing good by mistake or lucky guess.
Prayer: Our Father, you are good. Please help me trust that your ways are best, that you know what is ultimately good. Forgive me for taking matters into my own hands in determining what is good and bad. Father, help me to be consistently discerning, consistently asking the big questions. Father, help me rest in you. Amen