Today’s Scripture Selection: Titus 3:8
“This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.”
Ask people about what the word “profit” brings to mind – and many will start talking about money.
But Scripture talks about profit in terms of doing what is good.
We are likewise counseled to:
- Avoid foolish controversies
- Avoid divisiveness
- And avoid divisive people
That’s pretty strong language, to be sure.
Still, it gets at the heart of how, by doing good, and avoiding divisiveness, our community, our church, and our world can clearly profit – as can we.
It strikes me how often in the world, when you dig down to the source of some very bitter conflict; you find controversy and disagreement – often about money or worldly profit of some type.
As the old adage goes, “follow the money” if you want to get at the heart of motivation for many people.
But turn that on its head, define profit in different, altruistic terms, and it is quite a different picture.
Charity, sacrifice, love – these are the hallmarks of “profitable” activity like this.
How the world – and we – might benefit – even made “rich” – spiritually speaking – if we all remembered this more often.
Prayer: Lord, may I be a profitable servant of yours, by doing good in your name. AMEN.