The Glorious Appearing

...Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
— Titus 2:13

The “blessed hope” is the coming of Christ for His Church or what is commonly known as, “the rapture.” Are we looking for Him? Are we excited about the fact that the coming of the Lord draws near? Do we expect Him to come for us in our generation? It seems that God desires that every generation live anticipating Jesus’ imminent return. This sense of expectancy has a purifying effect on how we live our lives. As the Scripture says, “...denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age...” (Titus 2:12) This is no time to live selfishly, so caught up with the material, earthly things that we have little time for the things of God. Be thankful for material blessings, but remember, one day our earthly possessions are all going to burn.

Time is short! We need a balanced perspective of our life here on earth. Let us not be so taken up with earthly crusades and causes forgetting that we “are not of the world,” (John 17:14) but are “strangers and pilgrims on the earth...” (Heb 11:13) “who desire a better, that is a heavenly country.” (Heb 11:16) We are pilgrims passing through and ours is the cause of Christ. As individuals and as a Church we need a greater sense of urgency in our evangelism than ever before. We must not neglect our calling to take the good news “to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) We have but a little time left to win our friends and loved ones to the Lord. Time is short! We must take the gospel to our generation now! It is time to live all out for the Lord, “who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:14)

- From Study #5159