GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM

Main text Titus 3:3-8
Verse 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing the regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.

Where are you? Or better yet where am I. Before you can begin to move in any direction, the first thing you have to be certain of is where you are. This is because where you are will primarily determine where you want to go. For people who are finding a place that they are not familiar with they might have first to figure out where they were then where they are and finally where they want to go. Why is this practice common to people who want to find their way to some place? This is so as to avoid going round in circles and going back to the place you were before. The Global Positioning System (GPS) in very few words basically lets you know where you are and may guide you to where you are to go. Before a GPS can give information on how to move or where to move to, it has to establish your position. The apostle Paul was like a human GPS in the lives of the churches and individuals he wrote to. Time and time again he would use the first few paragraphs (chapters in our case) to remind these churches where they previously were, where they are and most importantly where they were going. This he did relentlessly even to the extent of encouraging Titus in Titus 3:8→ to do the same. To remind the people of where they were, where they are and where they are going. The most important thing, however, is how they got to where they are in the first place.
The question that we also ask ourselves is how did we attain this great salvation that we have? How did we obtain this righteousness, this right standing with God which makes us call Him Abba, Father? Was it by our incredibly good behavior? Was it by our law-keeping? Was it because of our superior lineage?

The question that we also ask ourselves is how did we attain this great salvation that we have? How did we obtain this righteousness, this right standing with God which makes us call Him Abba, Father? Was it by our incredibly good behavior? Was it by our law-keeping? Was it because of our superior lineage?

Never! The righteousness of God nullifies our pitiable righteousness and confines all under sin, for ALL have fallen short of the glory of God. In this vein, the apostle Paul reminds us like he reminded Titus that our salvation is by the unmerited undeserved favor of God. We are products of grace. For most of us, this is not a big deal for we accept it and believe it. However, how we respond after we have received Christ is what determines how we reign in this life.
We receive Christ by grace but want to walk in our Christian life by our works. All that this does is that it makes us feel as if our debts have not been paid. It makes us feel like we still are in sin. This happens because every time we put trust in our efforts we fail and when we do we are consumed with a sense of guilt and condemnation and instead of freedom we go back to bondage.

This problem was common with the Galatian church that had received Christ through grace and by the Holy Spirit but went on to try to gain it again by the flesh through their works. Gal 3↓. We obtained this salvation by grace through faith and God is calling us to walk by that same faith…and live by it. The righteous shall live by faith…the truth is God is the One working in us to make us better people, to break off the chains of addictions and sin. He is not doing this so that we can attain righteousness. He is doing this because we are His righteousness.

We are products of grace and we are in Christ Jesus, bought and redeemed by His great work on the cross. It is of grace not of works that anyone should boast…we are created in Christ Jesus so that we can do great works for Him. We are not the product of our work rather Ephesians 2:10→ says we are His workmanship.

You got here by grace. Romans 5:2↓ says you are standing on the same grace right now and God will work in your life through the same grace. Therefore, let go of guilt, let go of condemnation, let go of fear and embrace His perfect love 1John 4:17→ knowing that even right now it is not your good works that sustain you rather it is that sacrifice on the cross that keeps you.

COLOSSIANS 2:6→ AS YOU HAVE THEREFORE RECEIVED CHRIST JESUS AS THE LORD, WALK ALSO IN HIM (In the manner that you have received Christ i.e. by grace through faith…walk also in him)

This is our GPS, that previously we were in sin but now through grace, we have received His righteousness. Therefore, through the same grace let us move forward knowing that we are the righteousness of God and that it is He who is working in us to make us more like Him.

HALLELUJAH!!!!

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