We are learning a great deal about the Christian life from the Apostle Paul in Titus 2. There he writes —
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. 15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.
God’s grace not only saves us; it teaches us how to live. And this Christian life involves both denying (ungodliness and worldly passions) and affirming (living soberly, uprightly, and godly in this present world). Christians are not to impose their values on the world in some militaristic way, but to seek to influence culture as salt and light.
I don’t know about you, but I hate waiting. Unless the person or reason I am waiting on or for is worth it! And Jesus is worth it! We are waiting “for the blessed hope — the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ”!
Whenever my wife says those four most feared words to me any husband can hear (“Let’s go shopping, Dear!”), she knows that I will be spending some time waiting for her. She makes sure I take a book to read (maybe several), finds a coffee shop in the mall, takes the credit card, and says, “I’ll be back in a few days, Dear.” I don’t mind waiting for her. We Christians are waiting for our Savior to return. And ours is not wasted waiting. It is worthwhile waiting, for He is coming back for us!
By the way, for how many people are we Christians waiting, according to verse 13? We are waiting for one Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice how He is described here: “our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ”! What clearer statement of His full deity could there be? Are you keeping busy for Him as you are waiting?
(By the way, the Apostle Paul is our example in godly waiting. Take a look at Acts 17 for what Paul does as he waits for his companions). (to be continued)