For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you. – Titus 2:11-15
This week’s reflection has been: God made good, it all went sad, Christ provided the comfort we needed and change became possible.
Now we have work to do. We have to articulate our rejection of meaningless despair and the unreliable satisfaction of lunged indulgences. There is a reason to get up, get focused and get to work: Jesus is the future.
He is coming back to follow through on why he saved us. He saved us to not be out of control and mucked up, he wants us sorted and unified and on task. We were created by the creator to rule over a good creation. Our excursus has been bizarre, and the fog is still there, but now we are on course to rule over renewed creation. The character we develop and deploy here and now will have carry over to then and here. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven… including through me!