Leave the World, Look for Jesus
“instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,” (Titus 2:12-13 NASB)
Ungodliness is just about everywhere you turn today. Sin runs rampant, out in the open. We have to explain things to our children I’d never imagined when I was their age. People are offended at the mention of God, yet profanity flows from their mouth like water.
Worldly desires (lusts in KJV) are so easy to come by now. But we don’t market such as “lusts” or even “worldly”. We give titles like “adult” and “mature”. I think, somehow, it soothes the conscious a little. Makes people feel a little less dirty.
Then again, I’m not even sure some people have a conscious. I know that sounds terrible, but with everything going on in our world I don’t know how they can.
“Live sensibly, righteously, and godly” – that seems impossible.
As long as we live in this world, having this physical body to contend with, this will be a struggle. But we must. We must live for God, and strive with everything within us to search for Him.
The more you deny the flesh and cling to Jesus, the more you fast and pray, the more you step into your calling, the easier it becomes to search for Him. When you develop that deeper, more intimate relationship with Jesus, the more you yearn to be with Him. That’s when we start to find what pleases Him, then do it.
I find that the more I delve into God’s word, and the more I understand just how much Jesus really loves me, I search for Him more. Yes, I love my family. And there’s a mama part of me that wants to see my boys grow up and have families of their own. Then there’s the mama part of me whose heart breaks because I cannot imagine what this world will be like when they have children of their own.
I’ve come to understand that it takes immense love to die for a people who are ungrateful for your sacrifice.
Because while I’d die for my children, I can’t say that I’d die for the world. And I pray I never have to choose saving other people or my child. People don’t deserve it. But God loves us so much that He thinks we’re worth it. And I want to meet Him. I want to see Him, to worship Him eternally.
Every day I see evil, I worry about going into public with my children, when I watch the news I look for that blessed hope. Because I know My Savior is coming back for me. He told me He would, and I know He will.
We have that blessed hope.
“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;” (Hebrews 6:19)
Hope anchors our soul. And the amazing thing is our souls aren’t anchored to anything temporal, fleeting, or worldly. Our souls are anchored in Jesus. Jesus went ahead of us and is our hope. That blessed hope that we can cling to in times like these when everything around us is uncertain. We don’t need certainty in this world, we just need Jesus. We have to leave the world and love Jesus.
Take this world, and give me Jesus.
To check out the first post in the Titus 2 series, read this post with the overview.