Our scripture this morning is Titus 2:11-13.

For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.

God’s grace for us has been shown through Christ coming to be one of us. Paul writes of a practical faith, putting into practice what we have learned from Christ. It is a living faith, both alive and a part of our lives. 

We know He will return for us (v. 13), but Jesus Himself told us “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know“ (Acts 1:7). God’s plan is His alone and we should spend time doing what we have been created for – loving Him and one another. If we focus our lives and gifts on this, we are accomplishing our part in His plan.

We read that His coming has brought “salvation to all people”, that everyone is included in God’s offer. We must respond by living according to the lessons Jesus has given, avoiding the pitfalls of earthly sin and waiting patiently but actively for His return. We have been blessed and called to share our faith with the world.

Gracious God, in Your mercy You sent Jesus to show us the way to salvation. Strengthen us in faith and send us into Your creation to share the Good News. Amen.

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