Our calling is holy. 2 Timothy 1:9 says, “Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.”
Titus 3:3 is a great reminder of what He called us out of. It says, “For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.” See how our flesh just screams out through these words!
Verse 4 starts with a but. It is connecting the former verse with God’s sovereign intervention. Verses 4-5 say, “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”
I stand in awe as I read these three verses together. What a masterful plan! I love Ephesians 1. Verse 4 says that He chose us before the foundation of the world. Verse 11 says, “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.”