“God’s Grace Is For You Too!”
“The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.” When God decided to save the world he did not want that some should be saved and some not.
Jesus’ humanity “teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, 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”(Tt.2:11-14).This is how we should live while waiting with hope to be with Jesus.
“Blessed hope…” is what we yearn for. Yes, hunger that has hope that food will soon be available does not kill. But while we wait for this blessed hope, we must go beyond being eager to do what is good!
To be eager is “strongly wanting to do or have something.” Want itself is simply to “have a desire to possess or do (something)…”
Here is the core of what it takes to be what Jesus expects. The tortoise said he loved boxing but its hands are too short. Being eager to do is not doing it. Paul recognized this that “For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do…what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing…it is sin living in me that does it”(Rom.7:14ff).
The grace of God has appeared to complete the work we cannot accomplish on our own. Grace teaches us to say, “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
My friend, it is good to be eager to do what is good but it is noble to do what is good!
Weekend prayer: Thank you Jesus for purifying and taking me as your own. Holy Spirit teach and help me to do what is good. Amen!
Have a blessed weekend! Peace be with you!