Today the Thankful Thursday crowd is meeting over at Women Taking a Stand. The subject is hope.
As I thought about hope, the first thing to come to mind is the phrase "blessed hope." I quickly went to one of my favorite websites, Bible Gateway, and typed in the keywords "blessed hope." I smiled in satisfaction because the scripture validated my belief in what every believer's hope should be:
"while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ" Titus 2:13
I don't know about you, but I can't wait for that day. Our world will be put right when Jesus comes! Our struggles and trials that we have so long endured will be over.
Back up a minute! Let's don't take this verse out of context. Yes, we have hope, but we also have something to do while we're hoping. Read below the whole passage:
"11For the grace of God that brings salvation has
appeared to all men. 12It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. " Titus 2:11-13.
Aww, man! There's that word, "self-controlled!" That's right. As we hope for that wondrous future event of God making everything right and good, we must live godly self-controlled lives. We have to be eager to do what's good. Eager is not being passive but actively seeking to do good.
I suppose you're thinking, "Jerralea, you're going down a rabbit trail. You are supposed to be sharing what you're thankful for!" You're so right! Please keep reading.
I am thankful for not only the "blessed hope" but that He has given us something to do while we hope. Think how boring it would be if we were to apathetically hang around waiting for Jesus to rescue us. (Know anyone like that?) Instead He trusts us to be a passionate people, purifying ourselves as we minister to others. That's something to be thankful about!
Join us at Laurie's Women Taking a Stand (You have to love the name of her website!) to read how others responded to the call of being thankful.