One of the things that we struggle with sometimes in faith is the nature of holiness or being faithful. We are supposed to be self-controlled. We are supposed to be obedient, denying our passions and living into God’s goodness and grace.
We are supposed to reject evil and accept good. That’s the way it’s supposed to go. And yet, sometimes, that seems so hard. We want to do the right thing, yet we find ourselves making mistakes, falling, getting it wrong. What are we to do? Listen to what Paul writes to us today in Titus 2: 11-14:
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, 12 training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. 14 He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.
At first, this passage may not offer much hope. Renounce impiety and worldly passions. Self-controlled. All of these things. Things we may be struggling with at times. But look at what is said in verse 14. He may redeem and purify us for himself.
In other words, it’s God who does the work. Not us. It’s not up to us to figure it all out or get it all right. Jesus Christ will do the heavy lifting for us.
Our job is to be faithful to Him. If we are faithful and do our part, God will take care of the rest. He will clean us. He will purify us. He will redeem us.
Today, you don’t have to do it all. You don’t have to get it all right. You don’t have to figure it all out. You just have to love Jesus fully with all that you are.
If we do that, if we love Him totally and completely, He will take care of the rest.
Today, love Him fully. He will purify and make right.