by Pastor Mark Jordan
“God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life.” (Titus 2:11-12, MSG)
Great passage, isn’t it!? There is so much here, but where my mind is focused today is on a vastly limited human resource: energy. So often we hear people say they don’t have time to do something, when in reality, they mean they don’t have the energy. In today’s verses, I love how Paul raises the question about how we use our energy for selfish or Godly purposes. Since energy is such a limited resource, the way we invest it reveals much about our priorities, but there is good news in that (for the most part) energy is a renewable resource.
Consider how the Scripture puts a high priority on rest — God commands it (Exodus 20:8-10), invites us into it with Him (Matthew 11:28-30), and protects it (Psalm 23:2-3) — but we must do our part, too. When we rest, our energy is restored so we can engage in efforts to bring glory to God. True, our past indulgences can sap energy, or force us to use new energy to clean up our messes. When we decide to use our energy for divine pursuits, however, God helps us establish unforced rhythms of grace where we work hard and play hard, enabling us to rest comfortably in the assurance of Christ’s goodness.
Jesus died to free us from this perverse world, so may we live in such a way as to honor His sacrifice and direct our energies toward sharing that good news to help all people take on a God-filled and God-honoring life.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for sharing your holy energy with me through the power of your Holy Spirit. Help me to apply this energy to times when I am called to rest, all of which is work for you. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.