Summary: Do you ever wonder what people think about you? Do you really even care? Whether we will admit it or not, most of us do care what others think of us to some extent.
What Does God Think of You?
Text: Titus 3:1-8
Introduction: Do you ever wonder what people think about you? Do you really even care? Whether we will admit it or not, most of us do care what others think of us to some extent. Allow me to pose another question: Has anyone ever told you what they think about you? Unfortunately, some people just feel it is their lot in life to share what they think about others quite openly whether the things they have to say may be hurtful or not.
Today, I want to look at this matter from a spiritual perspective. If you were to ask Satan what he thinks about you, he would probably say, "You are a failure!" If you asked society what they think of you, they might say, "You are a fool!" If you asked self, that is, your own heart, self might say, "You are a fake!" Have you ever heard these things? Many have and some even on a daily basis!
But, does it really matter what Satan, society and self think about you and me? No! All that really matters, in the end, is what God thinks about us. Have you ever wondered just what God thinks about you? Is it possible to know what God thinks about us? Do we really want to know what He thinks about us? This passage before us gives us a clear revelation of God’s thoughts about us.
Paul is writing to Titus, a young Pastor on the island of Crete. In chapter two, he wrote about how believers should behave in the church. In this chapter, he talks about how believers should behave in society. Paul calls on Titus to "put them in mind" or "remind them" about certain things. He wants believers to remember who they are in Jesus; what they have in Jesus; what God has done in them through Jesus; and what God expects of them as believers in Jesus.
In these verses, Paul answers the question: What Does God Think Of Me? In this passage designed for instruction, we can also discover a word of encouragement. Some of you may become discouraged as you wonder how God sees you. Well, if you are saved, you are about to find out. If you are not, then you are going to learn how God would see you if you came to Jesus. Let’s look into these verses together as we address the question: What Does God Think Of Me?
I. God Thinks You Are Precious
- vv. 3-6 - "For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, captives of various passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another. But when the goodness and love for man appeared from God our Savior, He saved us--not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior"
A. Satan says, "God doesn’t care about you at all." God says something completely different. In these verses, we learn that God loves us more than we can possibly understand.
B. Verse 3 describes what the believer was before meeting Jesus.
1. Foolish – Ignorant of everything to do with God.
2. Disobedient – Rebellious toward God’s authority.