Preparing for Christ’s Return!
Scripture reading for October 27th: Titus 2:1-15
We remember that Paul told Titus that the Gospel was built on a hope of eternal life. (Titus 1:2-3) Paul knew that Jesus Christ would return an appointed time in the future. No one knew the day or the hour of His coming, not even Jesus when He was on earth! (Matthew 24:38) For this reason, it was important for each person to prepare for that coming and be personally ready should it happen today!
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It 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 Savior, 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.” (Titus 2:11-14)
Paul told Titus what to teach the various groups in the church and why they needed to learn the message. Older men must be examples of sound faith and godly living with love and patience. Older women must set a good example when teaching the younger women to love their husbands and children. Failure in godly living would harm the next generation. Young men should set an example of good works and self-control.
Paul told Titus that the grace of God coming through faith should result in a heart change. Each person must now say “No” to their flesh and ask God for help in obedience. The motivation was to be ready for Christ’s return. If we have died and our bodies are in a grave, we will be raise up in a glorified body. If we are alive and waiting, we will be instantly transformed to be like Jesus! We will see Him in His glory with the holy angels. This hope should motivate us to do good works and live in readiness for His return!
As you examine your own life today, are you able to say “No” to ungodliness? Are you doing good works that God has prepared for you and waiting for Christ’s return? Our blessed Hope could come today! We will be blessed to be working for Him and living a godly life.