When I waited for my interview to be pastor of Lansdowne, I prepared, I got ready by thinking of the answers to questions I might be asked. I was actively preparing, not just sitting around.
So it is with the coming of Christ. Today’s verse says: “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
We don’t wait passively, but actively. Verse 12 again: “…to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age…” This is how we wait. This is how we show that we are ready for that great day.
And what a great day it will be! It will be “blessed”: we will be permanently, totally happy and satisfied in our God and Saviour.
We will see Him: “the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour.” We will no longer be distracted by sin, broken down by sorrow and beaten up by Satan.
And it is certain. “Hope” in the New Testament means something that is 100% assured. Christ IS coming back.
So, the Lord hasn’t given us the challenge of godly living to make us miserable, but to point us to that great day. As we live for Him in the “present age” (verse 12), we are showing that we are waiting for His coming.
Let’s ask the Lord today to open our eyes to the glory to come, so we live ready to meet Him.