How often do you reflect on when God saved you? I’m not necessarily talking about the time, day and circumstances of how it happened. Many of us can’t remember these details anyway. No, I’m talking about where you were spiritually, and where you are now because of the Holy Spirit. Titus reminds us in chapter 3 verses 3 through 7 which says:
“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,”
Consider those words. We once were “foolish, disobedient and deceived”. Now apply that to those who currently do not believe, and always remember that we were once that way too. I believe that if we can force ourselves to remember where we were, we will be better equipped to help those who are still in that place. Titus reminds us that God saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. Keeping that in mind will help us to remain humble, because the only thing that separates us from every unbeliever is God’s mercy. I love that portion of scripture because it lays things out so plainly while humbling any of us who think we are more deserving than others because of our so-called righteousness. What we can offer God makes no difference. It all comes down to what God offered us.
I think we, as believers, should always remember what Titus says about us. We were once foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures; much like those we may know who do not believe in Christ. If not for God’s mercy, we still would be in that state. Titus says that God saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. It is this rebirth where the term “born-again” was coined. So, when you consider your unbelieving friends, do not believe for a second that you are somehow better than they are. Titus reminds us that it has nothing to do with what we did. It has everything to do with what God did. Being saved does not make us better, as far as being a more deserving people. It just makes us blessed, because the truth has been revealed to us, and we have accepted it.