Does it bother you that so many churches and believers are not bearing the “much fruit” that brings glory to God? Are you concerned about the fires of rage being stoked in this country’s urban ghettos?
Did you know Titus 3 ties the two together — that doing justice for people in need is connected to being fruitful?
Verse 14 says: “Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.” In fact, the majority of Titus 3 talks about the need to engage in good deeds if you have trusted God for salvation. Because God saved us, in spite of our ugly hearts and despicable behavior, we must live out that kind of mercy for the foolish, disobedient, hateful people around us.
When race-baiters fuel the rage of downtrodden souls, how do you respond? Verses 1 and 2 say “to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.”
Why? “For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.” (v.3) Isn’t that what many middle-class Christians think about the rioters, looters, and protestors they have been seeing on the evening news?
We cannot be content to mind our own business when others are struggling and suffering desperately, whether they are halfway around the world or on the wrong side of the tracks here at home. Believers have the privilege of already living out the full, free, and forever life we received through Jesus. God’s children glorify him by being fruitful and filling the earth.
We will not be fruitful if we are not intentional about engaging in good deeds to meet pressing needs.
“Social justice” is being defined for this country by self-promoting hustlers who want to control the levers of power. If God’s children were doing justice like he expects, the race-baiters would get laughed out of town by the very people they are trying to stir up to rebellion.
And churches would be “bearing much fruit” as a result.