Today’s reading is Titus 2-3.

Meditate on this today. Our blessed hope is not graduating college, getting a job, or getting married. Our blessed hope is not a particular president, congressional law, or Supreme Court ruling. Our blessed hope is not a luxury car, the house on the hill, or a great retirement. Our blessed hope is not a Golden Globe, an ESPY, or a Nobel Peace Prize. Our blessed hope is not our team winning the Super Bowl, our favorite actor winning an Academy Award, or even getting to finally see all of the Star Wars Skywalker Saga. Our blessed hope is “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.” He is appearing; put your hope there, and you will not be dissatisfied or disappointed.

Monday’s reading is Joshua 1-2.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, did you notice what I did about why Jesus redeemed us? Does it say Jesus “gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who go to heaven”? It doesn’t say that, does it? It says, “to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” Don’t get me wrong. We all want to be with God in heaven, but God’s purpose for saving us wasn’t simply to get us there. His purpose was to move us from lawlessness to good works. Remember that as you grow, God’s goal for you is to walk in His good works even here on earth. Of course, at some point, you’ll realize the only way to do that is through the grace of Jesus on the cross, but for now keep in mind God’s goal for you and don’t wait until tomorrow to pursue it.

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