Titus 2:12-13 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 appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

In this season of Waiting, we are anticipating the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are waiting for the manifestation of his promise. Gods grace has allowed us to be forgiven of our past errors and focus on our future potential. We are waiting on God’s Promise to be fulfilled.

God is expecting us to do something while we wait. We cannot mess up his grace by living in disgrace. When we live any old kind of way, after being delivered we DIS Grace. It’s like telling God, “You can go somewhere with that forgiveness!”

Instead Grace does the following:

  1. Grace educates us to say no to ungodliness. We have to relearn how to live in a culture that is antithetical to everything that God is. Grace draws out who we are in God and gives us the ability to say “No!” To what is not like God. Grace is like an antibiotic that fights against infection in the body.
  1. Grace teaches us to say “No” to worldly passions. LeBron James was asked if wearing the “I can’t breathe t-shirt was a Caviler statement. He said it was a “Worldly” statement. What he meant was that his actions were in agreement with the sentiments of the world toward the death of Eric Garner. When we say “Worldly” in the church it means we have exchanged our spiritual mind for the carnal or fleshly mindset of the world. Jesus told us to be in the world but not of the world.
  1. Grace teaches us to live self-controlled and upright lives. We cannot give in to the passions that used to enslave us. We have to be disciplined in the way we protest and show our disapproval to injustice. We cannot give in to our lower nature when provoked by the world. We must practice self-control.

Dear God,

Help me to remain disciplined and focused as I wait on you. I know that what you have for me is far better than anything else trying to get my attention. These present sufferings do not compare to the all-surpassing Glory that shall be revealed. Thank you for keeping us while we wait.

 In Jesus Name,

Amen