Posted by: missionventureministries | December 29, 2010

NEW YEARS RESOLUTION – DENYING UNGODLINESS AND WORDLY LUSTS – Titus 2:12-13

“Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” – Titus 2:12-13

As we enter into a New Year, let us reflect on Christ’s first coming and wait in anticipation for His return.  To the unbeliever, that coming will entail a fiery time of judgment; but to the born again Christian, the return of Christ is “that blessed hope.”

This should encourage us to “live soberly, righteously, and godly.” As the apostle John says: “Abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming” 1 John 2:28.

Jesus warned us: “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly” Luke 21:34. It would be very sad to be caught in one of these acts or in a less than honorable situation when the Lord returns.

The hope that we have of His imminent coming is also a great incentive to evangelize and perform missionary work. Paul gives a message immediately after his long description of the last days, where he says: “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching”. . . “But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” 2 Timothy 4:1-2, 5. 

The blessed hope is, in fact, an incentive for the Christian life. “And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” 1 John 3:3.

 

 

 

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