July 3, 2012
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 3 JULY 2012
The life of a Christian is compared to earthen vessels that are filled with precious metal. Christians, however, must be “broken” in order for the treasure to be seen: “so then death works in us, but life is in you” (2 Cor 4:12). The reference to death is to the inner death of self that results from a life of self-denial. In other words, the death is in the body as opposed to a threat to the body. Only when the self is “broken” can the life of Christ within us be seen. The comfort is given 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
The life of the Christian must be lived with an eternal perspective for it is only the treasures stored in heaven that truly matter (Matthew 5:19-21). Godly living—according to Scripture—necessitates that believers in the Lord Jesus Christ maintain wise attitudes toward the world in which we live, specifically with regard to the temporal values of the world in which we live, and the eternal values of our faith in God and His holy Word.
looking for the blessed hope and the appearing . . . of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus (Titus 2:13)
One motivation for living godly and with an eternal perspective is to live in anticipation "for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory and of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus” (Titus 2:13). As the Greek verb translated “looking for” is in the present tense it signifies a characteristic attitude, that is, Christians are always ready to meet the returning Lord. Jesus Christ is the great God and Savior; it was the Lord Jesus who gave Himself for the redemption of sinners. Therefore, with this hope in our mind, the Word of God reminds Christians (in Titus 2:14) that the Lord Jesus Christ we will meet someday is the one who redeemed us from all wickedness for the intent of purifying a people of His own who are “zealous for good deeds.”
REMINDER: Bible Study next Tuesday (10 July) at noon in 123 CAP