November 30, 2022

Bob Maas
"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who 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 2:11-14

God is kind and full of compassion toward us. He has given every human being on our planet space to occupy, oxygen to breathe, and time to live out our days. He offers salvation to all people, but the message hasn’t been heard by many, and numerous other persons haven’t understood it and rejected it.

Having heard the message, understood it, and made the decision to follow Jesus, I am progressively coming to a clear realization that being a disciple of Jesus is not complicated. Saying “No” to the ways of the world and “Yes” to God requires us to follow Jesus’ example and trust Him in every life situation. Confidence that God will never leave us nor forsake us and the hope that Christ will return gives us all the assurance we need that every circumstance we face will eventually have a good outcome. We don’t need to know the details about how God will do it because we never recognize we have experienced a miracle until after it has happened. All I need to know is that everything happens for a reason, and most of the time, I don’t know what that is. Nor do I need to understand.

God has truly redeemed us from all wickedness and is in the process of purifying us so that we will know the good we ought to do. By walking moment by moment and enjoying continual communion with Him, we can live with the contentment that we have, in Him, everything we need.