Be ready to do whatever is good. Titus 3: 1C
When I was a young busy mom, I got a ticket for not renewing my car license tags. At the time we had been in the process of moving and the notification got lost in the confusion. Four months later I still hadn’t noticed my expired tags, but a police officer did; hence my ticket.
Off to court I went to explain myself to a judge and hopefully reduce my fine. When I was at court waiting my turn, I observed a young man that was explaining his failure to pay his tickets to the judge. He told him of his many setbacks and problems. The judge was sympathetic to him and greatly lowered his fines. Then it was my turn; after explaining our move, the judge was lenient and cut my fine in half and told me to go pay the clerk.
As I went to stand in line to pay my fine, the young man I had seen in court was in front of me. He was telling the clerk he didn’t have enough money to pay the whole ticket at this time, he only had $10. As I stood there listening to him explain his predicament to the clerk, I felt the Holy Spirit urge me to pay his remaining bill, but I was embarrassed to step up. My rational brain thought, “it’s good for this young man to learn consequences, I shouldn’t just bail him out”. My debate with the Holy Spirit continued until the young man paid his $10 and said he would be back next week to make another payment.
As I paid my own fine, I knew that I had missed my opportunity to obey the Lord and do good, I just wasn’t ready. I was too busy thinking about me and my problems, to be concerned about the people around me. But I think that’s exactly what Paul was reminding Titus to tell the people, “Be ready”. Be ready at all times, to do whatever is good. So when the Holy Spirit lays something on our hearts to do, our response will be “Yes Lord”, instead of my response of doubt and debate. I still think about that young man and regret my lack of obedience to do good.
Prayer: Dear Father, that loves us, help us recognize your still small voice within us, directing us to serve and help others. Encourage us to be ready to respond, to do “whatever is good”. Forgive us Lord for our missed opportunities and give us new ones, so we can reveal your love to a hurting world. Amen