Grace Short Meditations: 18. Grace to keep going
Titus 2:11 “the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.”
I want to just continue on in this passage from Paul to Titus where he has been speaking about grace and its effects. I have earlier in this series reflected on grace flowing like Ezekiel’s river bringing life wherever it goes but I suspect, if you are like me, on a daily basis it is so easy to forget that this is what is happening. In another completely different situation, Jesus cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink,” (Jn 7:37) which changes the picture of grace from something we swim in to something we drink, but both pictures convey change, life, satisfaction. Receiving God’s grace brings change to us, good change, satisfying change.
In the previous two studies we have been seeing how this grace comes to overcome negatives, build in positives and now says Paul to Titus, it does this “while we wait for the blessed hope.” That is where it goes next, to point us towards the future.
As with the river, grace takes us somewhere – the future, the next phase of our lives, the next part of this changing kaleidoscope we call our lives. Paul recognizes that grace flows to us to do the works of God in and through us UNTIL either we go to be with Him or Jesus returns and takes us to be with him. i.e. there is an end goal that God is working towards and grace is the enabling resource to get us there.
But again Paul recognises that looking towards tomorrow means waiting; we cannot rush time we can’t jump out of one period of difficulty, out of a time when it seems murky and cloudy and the sun doesn’t seem to shine, into a time when the air is clear, vision is unobscured and the warmth of the sun shines on us. No, we have to wait just like we have to wait for the seasons to change.
But there are two things to remember. First, in our waiting we are not alone. The psalmist knew this when he wrote about God watching over us (Psa 121:5). Jesus said I will never leave you or forsake you (Heb 13:5). The Lord is always with us. Second, because he is with us, his resources are always available to us. But perhaps we should add a third thing, these resources enable us to keep going, regardless of whatever is going on around us. Now the moment we think of it as being His resource to keep us going, His enabling us to persevere, we can start thinking of the ways it is expressed to enable that: reassurance, strength, power, perseverance, patience, vision, understanding and so much more that keep us going in the same direction, that guarantee we WILL get there, via all our ‘tomorrows’ – heaven here I come! (One day!!)