Training while you wait (Titus 2)

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, Titus 2:11-12

“What’s the use?”  These words came from my mouth as I stood there on the scales in our bathroom.  I had spent the previous week exercising and starving myself to take off weight.  But I had not reached my desired goal.  In the moment I lost focus on where I was headed.

Question: Do you ever lose focus on where you are headed spiritually?

In Titus 2 Paul is directing Titus to teach sound doctrine to all in his congregation, Vs: 2-11.  The question that arises from Paul’s directions is this, How can these people live out these directives?  The answer is in the verses that follow:

I. The church must focus on their daily spiritual training in the gospel.

This training includes rejecting the ungodliness of the world and living a Spirit-filled life.  This training focused on a mature life in Christ that is living in honestly and holiness.

II. The church must focus on their daily spiritual awareness of Christ’s return.

Paul was looking forward to Christ’s return.  As he waited for His return he fully engaged in the Lord’s work.

By doing these two things the church would find themselves growing in the gospel and they would be reaching others with the gospel.  This is what it means to train while you wait.

Here is a footnote for us: “We cannot train while we sit on the couch of spiritual idleness. We must live with a Spirit-filled zeal knowing the training will be worth it when the Lord returns.”

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