“The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people” (Titus 3:8).
The Lord has chosen to see us work through our salvation with fear and trembling, that is, knowing that this is a gift and won by no merit of our own. Work, yes. Not for salvation, but because it is ours. He who knew no sin worked on behalf of us all. You do not even need to get this right, but you are better off if you do. You have been saved by grace apart from works. Now go to work for others. God doesn’t need our help; our brothers and sisters and neighbors do.
Lord, guide me in the way of everlasting life. Let me not look to the world which is constantly wanting me to seek handouts. Help me to always do my part first knowing that Your grace will lead me. In You alone do I hope. All other things are secondary. Lead me, Lord, in those works You know will build up in me the gift You have given me to become Your child.
Lord Jesus, You were faithful each day to do what was right and fitting. Guide me, O Lord, in the godly way of life so that I would not now or ever shirk the work You haven me to do. Help me to understand Your call on my life, Lord, and lead me in Your grace and mercy. You are my hope and firm foundation and in You and by Your grace I am assured and have the hope of a sure confidence. Amen.