“God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears.” Titus 2:11-12 (Message)
The days of bringing an offering to the temple to gain forgiveness for my misdeeds are over!
Jesus died for my sins; past, present, and future. Before a holy and righteous God, I am completely in the clear. PTL.
So now what? Now I must learn how to live as His follower in the present.
How will I know what to do?
God’s Word is His manual for Godly living. Plenty of teaching. Plenty of role models (good & bad) to learn from.
How eager am I to get into that “manual?” I admit that I’m the type who buys, tries, and THEN reads the manual.
How’s that “tries without reading His manual” working for you? Me neither!
I must read the Bible with more urgency. We’re not talking about learning how to work a leaf blower. We talking about living a life pleasing to our Savior! I need that information.
This afternoon’s verses also connect to our happy ending: We have an eternity with Him. This should enable us to function confidently despite our circumstances.
In good times; “Thank You for blessing me.”
In bad times; “I know that You are with me.”
How blessed we are to have Him in our present and our future.