“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 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, 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.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Amos 7-9, Psalm 104, and Titus 2.
What a second sentence!
There is plenty in these two sentences to chew on.
The Good News is for everyone. A loving God sent a willing Son (Jesus) to earth to take care of our sins when He died on the cross. The power of sin over any and all of us was put to death when Jesus died. Three days later the power of sin was still dead but God brought Jesus back to life.
These were events that happened. Whether we believe it or not, they happened. The power of sin is gone from our lives. We are unburdened of it. We now have a new life. A life free from the power of sin.
Some choose to ignore the news but that does NOT mean that it didn’t happen. Think of the Japanese soldiers in the Philippine jungles when World War 2 ended. Some of them refused to believe that the war was over. They stayed in the Philippine jungles believing that the war was still on. They could have come out of the jungles and started a new, liberated life. There are many today, who refuse to believe the Good News of what Jesus did. How sad!
Those of us who have heard and believed the Good News must rightly represent God on this earth. We are to be full-time Godly influences. We are to do our part to prepare this world for the return of Jesus. Jesus will then finish the job of making the earth new.
“Father, thank You for the Good News. How much You love each of us! Help me to do my part to alert folks to Your Good News. Help me to reveal it to folks so that they will come out of the “jungles” they are in and into the new life that is theirs’ for the taking. Fill me with You so that I can rightly represent You this day. I love You, Father.”
Are you still in the jungle? Come out and enjoy the Good News.
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