His Very Own People
“For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.“
Titus 2:11-14 ~New Living Translation
Jesus gave His life for us to free us from sin, cleanse us and make us His very own people. A “people” describes a group of human beings who share common traditions, values, a way of life. “People” share ethics and culture. They have a way of approaching life, mindsets, that make them distinct.
Christianity is more than merely a set of religious activities…go to church, read the Bible, give some money, volunteer occasionally. It’s not like the job we have or some club we belong to, where when the day is done or the club activity comes to an end, we get on with the rest of our lives. When the Sunday service is over, we don’t “get on with the rest of our lives,” and leave Christianity at the door of the church. “The rest of our lives” is where our faith in Christ has the greatest impact.
Understanding that we are a people of God’s very own with a way of life together is increasingly important. We live in a culture that once patterned itself around Christian principles. Today we live in a post Christian culture that has increasingly established cultural patterns that run counter to a Christian way of life. This is one reason why we need to see ourselves as a people and not just a collection of individuals. God has revealed to us in His word a way of life that is better and distinct from the culture around us. We live that life together.
When you read the word “people” in the bible, don’t think of a crowd or a gathering of individuals. Think a distinct way of life. God has shown us in His Word how to live this life, to relate to each other, to live together as families, to love the people in the world around us, that reflects that we are His people. He has shown us how “we should live in this world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God.”
His very own people. This passage tells the great purpose of God in redeeming us. It’s so much more than us “having a personal relationship with Christ.” It is that we together can embrace a way of life together that is fully committed to following our Lord and being truly incarnational in the culture we live in.
When you read the word “people” in the bible, don’t think of a crowd or a gathering of individuals. Think a distinct way of life.