For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14)
Could I rightly and with complete honesty consider myself as someone who is 'zealous for good works?' In the Greek, a zealot is defined as 'an uncompromising partisan.' Could I rightly consider myself as an uncompromising member of God's Kingdom?
The apostle Paul provides Titus with some clear instruction regarding the temperament and behavior of various groups within the church. Older men shouldn't consider their life's work complete and fade away into obscurity. They are to be pillars of the church and loving examples and mentors for the generation that follows. Older women shouldn't use their wisdom gained from life experience as a reason for self-exaltation. They are to model what it means to be a godly woman and train the younger generation what it looks like to be a godly wife and mother. The younger generation that follows shouldn't be so prideful and arrogant to assume they have nothing relevant to gain from the older generation. They are to humble themselves and honor those who have gone before them.
Even in the workplace, the Christian employee has no grounds for complaining or carelessness in regards to his productivity. He must serve his boss in the same manner that he would serve Christ. No matter our age, gender, race or occupation, as God's people, we are called to show ourselves in all respects to be models of good works, and in our teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.
Christian's are called to silence the opposition through their uncompromising conduct and character. Are we uncompromising in the way that we carry out our calling?
Perhaps we need to be reminded and encouraged by the two-sidedness of the coin of our salvation. We must not forget that we have not simply been saved from something - our sin and its eternal consequence - but we have also been saved for something - a life conformed into the image of Christ for the glory of God.
The Christian is more than a redeemed sinner; he is among the people being purified by God for His own possession who are to be zealous for good works.