Titus 2: The Hope We Have
As Christians, we have hope. That is something powerful about the Christian worldview. It fully acknowledges everything that is wrong with the world; we’re not in some kind of false bubble. However, we know that there is something better to come in the future.
In Titus 2, Paul is speaking to Titus about characteristics that ought to be present in believers, and he finishes off in this list with the most important in my opinion.
Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
We live in this world. We should live in a way that God wants us to. However, we are doing that while constantly looking for the hope of the return of Jesus Christ. We live on earth, but we keep our eyes on heaven.
I think that we all have heard sermons asking about whether or not we would be proud to be doing what we are doing if Jesus Christ was to return today. I think it is a question worth considering, but even if Jesus did not return today, it still seems like the same question would apply. After all, God knows everything we are doing anyway.
Therefore, as we live on earth, we are trying to follow the way of Jesus Christ. Because the Word was made flesh, we do have an example of the perfect Christian life that we can follow. However, while we are living that life, we also keep our focus on the ultimate hope that we do have. The world is not all there is, and one our time here is done, the true adventure really begins. It has really struck me lately how amazing and exciting that really is.