11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Do you remember the sweetness of the anticipation for Christmas that you had as a child? As an adult our perspective of Christmas can be quite different. For me it involves juggling the calendar, negotiating with family, preparing food and gifts and much more. Basically, Christmas requires my focus and effort (physical, creative and emotional), but still brings a sense of expectation and anticipation.
In these verses I am reminded that having discovered God’s grace in my life, I should be living with a similar level of engagement and anticipation of God’s glory. Just as Christmas doesn’t happen on its own, my faith needs to be lived out in all aspects of my life (body, mind and spirit). I need to bring enthusiasm and expectation. I need to ensure I am putting in the deliberate effort needed. I want to live my life in the best way to bring Glory to God. How about you?
Heavenly Father, I am sorry for the times when I neglect my relationship with you. Refresh my heart Lord, and bring enthusiasm and energy to the parts of me that are tired. Help me Lord to live a life of integrity and grow in me anticipation of your Glory. In Jesus name I pray. Amen
Written by Christine Knight