Salvation · Serving · Wait on Him · Work

wait on Him… Titus 2:11-14…

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.
Titus 2:11-14 ESV
God’s grace… Jesus…
appeared to bring salvation for ALL people…
only not all receive it…
God’s grace… Jesus…
trains us…
to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions…
to live self-controlled… upright… godly lives…
now… in this present age…
not in the time to come…
This is the way we wait for our hope… Jesus… to appear…
It may sound like a lot…
the training…
the waiting…
the denying of self…
NOW…
until you consider…
He gave Himself…
on the cross…
for our redemption…
He paid a high price…
a painful… excruciating… death…
to purify us… for Himself…
to make us His own possession…
people zealous… for good works…
just like Him…
Is it really too much to ask…?
to renounce the flesh…?
all those things that lead to death…?
and wait for Him…? 
NOW…?
zealous… fervent… eager… for good works…?
Just this evening…
before writing…
I found myself wimping out….
tired… fleshly… 
not zealous… eager… or fervent…
about finishing up the good works…
He has for me today…
I found myself forgetting…
the first love…
the love and wonder…
of Him finding any use for me at all…
and now in this season…
where He’s finding so much use for me…
I can’t do it without Him…
I’m whining…
instead of rejoicing…
looking for ways out…
instead of eagerness to serve…
Pathetic…
that’s what I am today…
But by His grace…
His mercy…
I remember…
the wonder…
of serving Him…
His faithfulness to provide…
what’s needed to complete…
to finish what He’s started…
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Psalm 51:12 ESV
Lord… forgive me for my lack of zeal…
fill me afresh with the wonder You can find any use for me…
restore joy… provide a willing spirit…
You have done so much for me… and I’ve so little time…
to do for You…
I choose to wait on You… as You call me to…
Amen…

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