Scripture: Titus 2:1-15
Key verses: (11-14) 11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, 12training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, 13while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 14He 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.
Reflection: I know that the Bible is not a self-help book, but I have always found myself drawn to the moral imperatives that dominate the letters of the New Testament. Let’s be honest. We are all trying to figure out how to leave a life of faith and it would be much easier if someone just told us how to do it. In Titus, the author recognizes that “the rules” given here often create legalistic thinking. It also drains the joy out of faith.
Even three days into Lent, we need to hear a word of grace — grace that comes as God’s free gift to us. We are called to live in response to God’s grace as faithful disciples even while we wait with hope and expectation. This waiting could also drain the joy out of faith. But it is an opportunity. We can and should respond in gratitude to God’s grace as families and churches who find joy in a new way of living together.
Where will you find Joy in these long days of Lent?
Prayer: God of the journey, may we put aside our need to check off everything that might make us perfect and good, and accept your grace that enters into our imperfect lives and binds us together as your people. Help us laugh at ourselves and move forward in hope. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].