Waiting for something exciting isn't always easy. Maybe you're waiting in line at an amusement park for a ride that you have been anticipating for a long time. Maybe you're waiting at the airport to pick up a loved one you haven't seen in a while. No matter what it is we're waiting for, we have a few choices to make while we wait. We can choose to get impatient and get grouchy with the people around us or we can choose to do something constructive with our time to help us with our wait. Paul gives us similar instruction in the book of Titus for our walk with God once we receive His amazing gift of salvation. Please turn to Titus 2:11-13.
When we understand the grace that is extended to us, we begin to understand that there is so much more to this life. We learn that the world we are living in is broken and it makes us long for something better - our new home in Heaven. The Bible tells us that someday, all believers will have a new home with God dwelling among us which is such a beautiful hope! We are told that there will be no more tears of sorrow and no more pain. Knowing this amazing hope we have through Christ Jesus, just makes me long all the more for the day when I will get to be with my wonderful Savior. But, as we read through these verses in Titus, we see that we are told to do something constructive while we wait.
On Monday and Tuesday of this week, I have been studying the fact that only God can make us a new creation when we believe in the forgiveness and salvation we are given through Christ. In Titus, we are reminded that we have a responsibility as God's new creation. We are to turn away from the sinful lives we were living and begin living godly lives. We are to live with "wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God." This means that we learn to make different choices from what we were making before. Remember, there is a reason why we needed a Savior - because we are not perfect. This imperfection is a signal that there are things in us that need to change.
So, while we wait for the glorious hope of our future life, we have a job to do. We are to allow God to do His work in us to change us in the person He made us to be. We can ask God for wisdom (James 1:5) and we know that He will give it to us. That wisdom will help us to understand how to live with righteousness. And above all, we are to be devoted to God. When we are walking with devotion to God, our goals and dreams change into what He wants for us. This is not just a recommendation, we read in Titus that we are instructed to do this. The word translated as instructed is paideuo which can mean the type of instruction a parent gives a child. So God isn't just teaching us these things, these are His directions as a Father to His children.
What are you doing while you wait?
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