Vs. 14, “Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.” Throughout this final chapter, Paul emphasizes “doing what is good.” Sometimes, we all need frequent reminders because we are a absent-minded people. We must remember our citizenship duties (vs. 1) , we must remember what you used to be (vs. 3), we must remember what Christ did for us (vs. 5-6) and we must remember what God’s expectations are for us (vs. 14). Each of these reminders are speaking to you today in God’s word? Which one(s) are you needing reminding of?
Regarding application….Unproductive Lives. Vs. 8, “…so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good...” The phrase “Knowing is only half the battle” comes to mind. Most of you know the essential Christian teachings…yet how many of you live a life God would be able to say, “Yes ______, you are doing what is good.” The fact that Paul uses the term “unproductive lives” should be a wake up call! You may be doing some of the things God is pleased with (i.e. Going to church, going to Bible studies, reading your bible, praying etc.). But that is just one part of it. You can do all those thing I just mentioned…yet live a very unproductive life. Let’s assume you do all these things I mentioned….that would mean you spend 3 hours at church on Sunday, 2 hours at Bible study, and let’s say you spend (this is genorous) at least 1 hour a day reading God’s word & praying. You total that up and get only 12 hours a week. The question you must ask yourself is…”What am I doing with the other 156 hours of the week?” I think this is what Paul meant when he said to be careful to not live “unproductive lives.” All the leisure time you plan for “YOU” perhaps should be reevaluated. I’m not saying you can’t spend some time enjoying other things of this world….but I am asking you to be honest before God.