This post will conclude the devotions over Titus. Paul will give his closing remarks and salutations. He will be going to Nicopolis and wants Titus to eventually meet him. Before Titus receives word from Paul to make his journey, he is to remain busy at Crete. Besides preaching and modeling a Christian example, Paul uses this final section to tell Titus that the people need to “maintain good works.” He does this twice in his salutation.
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. But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter. Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them. And let our’s also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful. All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.
The early congregations did not have a designated sanctuary and operated primarily out of the believer’s home. However, that did not stop them from one of the Church’s greatest contributions. Their good works were what we call today charities and the promotion of social justices. It is one thing to preach against sin. It is another thing to practice holy love. If our holiness decreases our involvement with the care of unbelievers and the healing of the world’s pain, we are pursuing the wrong view of holiness.