The grace of God… teaches us to say "No" to undgodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and savior, Jesus Christ. – Titus 2:11-13
The apostles and other early believers expected the Lord to return at any time. New Testament writers warn time and again that that those who call upon the name of the Lord must live in such a manner that they are prepared to meet him when Jesus comes.
It has been 2000 years now and he hasn’t come yet. Because it has been so long far too many have become lax in their faith walk. Many have become weary of doing good and have began to live like the world lives. We are being warned in this passage to stay faithful.
We who are believers in Christ must remember that whether he comes today, or if he doesn’t come in our lifetime, we are still to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions. We are still to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives. We must also remember that we are not living this way just for the future, but we know that living by God’s rules releases his blessings upon us now as well as in eternity.
So we wait for the blessed hope, which is his glorious appearing. The Greek word translated, "wait for" is
prosdechomai. It means to wait patiently with confidence. This kind of waiting is not the sitting around with nothing to do kind of waiting. It is the kind of waiting that is proactive. This kind of waiting is following the instruction of Jesus to "occupy till I come." Occupy here means stay busy.
Believers who are expecting Christ to return are "busy" occupying while they wait upon his return. Our faith demands that we live disciplined, upright and godly lives – Those are the ones he is coming to receive unto himself. It is the hope of his appearing that drives us to occupy as we wait.
Prayer: Lord, I tend to become envious of those in the world who seem to have more than I. Help me to remember the hope that is in Christ and not in this world or in the pleasures of this world. In Jesus name, amen.
Principle: whether he comes today, or if he doesn’t come in our lifetime, we are still to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions.
Affirmation: I am living in a disciplined and upright manner because I know living righteously while I wait his glorious appearing releases his blessings on my life now.
Reflection: We are called to live godly, upright lives, not only for the hope which lies before us but because it is the right thing to do. How should we be waiting? Besides living righteously what else should we be doing? Think on it.
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