Paul says we have three things to do while we remain here on earth before the return of Christ.
Here is the first: “He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine” (Titus 1:9). The word sound here signifies something immovable, inarguable, rock solid. God designed doctrine so that we would have something reliable upon which to base our lives. But it cannot be frivolous or merely exciting to our ears. That kind of doctrine is here one day and blown away by the winds of fleshly whim the next. For some in the church, acquiring sound doctrine may require putting down the latest Christian best-seller and picking up God’s Word, which He provided for our everlasting benefit.
Second, we are to live a holy testimony. “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” (3:8).
And third, we are to share the gospel in word and deed: “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people” (2:11).
I ask you: As God’s living lights in a darkening culture — as His salt meant to preserve life — are we practicing these things? Or have we lost our holy flavor? Have we reduced His Word to advice on better living, or do we still believe it has the power of resurrection life?
If we really believe Christ’s gospel is Good News — that He died for sinners — we’ll tell others about it without apology. And they’ll know its power by the testimony we live.