May 26, 2015
Titus 2:11-14-11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled,upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own,eager to do what is good.
OBSERVATION: (What does it say?)
In this section of the chapter, the Apostle Paul gives Titus the reason for why they (the Church) must choose to be set apart from the world. The reason and purpose for living self controlled, pure, and godly lives is Jesus.
UNDERSTANDING: (What does it mean?)
Jesus is our eternal hope. We are motivated to live for Him because we know He will return. We put our hope in our eternal home with Him. This present life will pass away, but our hope for eternity will never pass away.
Where have we placed our hope? Is it in this passing life or in our life eternal with our Triune God? The way we live our everyday lives is motivated by what we place our hope in. Dear Jesus, I pray that we would live our lives with the hope of eternity. You promise You will return. We do not know the day or hour, but You promise You will take us to be with You eternally. Please forgive us for the times we have lived our lives apart from that blessed hope. Holy Spirit, restore our faith and hope in You. Amen.