Waiting for Christmas is a small-scale picture for us of what we are waiting for– the “glorious appearing” of our Savior. The first time, Jesus came in humility, but when He comes again He will come in victory. Titus 2 gives us God’s expectations for us as we wait for that wonderful day.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
There’s so much here to unpack, and I really want to keep this short because it’s late and I’m tired. But here’s what these verses tell us:
- God’s grace was given to us through Jesus our Savior, who gave Himself for us.
- God’s purpose in salvation was both to redeem us and purify us to be His own possession.
- God wants us to live a certain way– holy and zealous for good works.
- God’s grace trains us to do what is right as we wait for our blessed hope.
I love the idea that it is God’s grace that trains us, not His judgment. I love the idea seen throughout the New Testament that God has specific works prepared for each one of His people– that we have been saved to do these works while we wait for the day when we see His face.
This week I want to talk about how we act while we wait. Because God desires for His people to be busy doing His work, to be learning and growing even during the times of waiting.
Perhaps even especially during those times.
As we wait for the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, we are given the gift of living meaningful, godly, purpose-filled lives that show a glimpse of that glory to the world around us.
We have a good thing to wait for and good works to do while we wait. My friends, this world is full of sorrow and broken people. Let’s be zealous to reach out, to show the goodness of God that they are waiting for.
Father, help us to accurately look at our lives, to see ourselves as You see us this week. Help us to be holy, zealous for good works, full of hope as we wait for You, our hope.
You might be in a season of waiting right now, but that doesn’t mean you are meant to be doing nothing. What good work has God put before you? How can you show His glory and goodness to a wounded world?