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We often talk about Jesus being our Savior, but have you ever paused to consider what it truly means for Jesus to be the Lord of our lives? Let's dive deep into Titus 2:11-14 and unwrap this gift of understanding together.

"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."

Jesus as our Savior:

When we talk about Jesus as our Savior, we're highlighting the beautiful and profound sacrifice He made for us. He came down, bore our sins, and gave up His life so that we might be free from the weight and penalty of sin. It's a gift of grace, available to all, and we simply need to accept it.

But, What About Jesus as Lord?

When Jesus becomes the Lord of our lives, it’s like letting Him take the wheel of our life's journey. Here’s where Titus dives in deeper. This passage teaches us that grace does more than just save us; it actively instructs and guides us. It's not a one-time event, but a daily walk.

  • Turning Away from the Old: Being a Christian isn’t just about being saved from our past mistakes or sins. It’s about turning away from “ungodliness and worldly passions.” This could be anything that draws our hearts away from God, from certain habits, relationships, or even mindsets. It's a conscious choice to say "no" to what doesn't align with God's heart.
  • Embracing a Life for God: Not only do we turn away from godless living, but we are called to actively "live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives." It's not enough to just avoid bad things; we're called to passionately pursue the things of God. It’s like replacing junk food in our diet with nutritious meals — we don’t just abstain, we replace and replenish.
  • Anticipating the Future: As believers, we have a “blessed hope” – the promise of eternity with Christ. Knowing this, our present lives are influenced not just by the current circumstances but by the eternal perspective we hold.
  • Committed to Doing Good: Lastly, and very importantly, as God's chosen people, we’re not just meant to keep all this love and grace to ourselves. We're "eager to do what is good." That means our hands and feet move in rhythm with God’s heart, reaching out, helping, and making a positive impact wherever we go.

In essence, while Jesus being our Savior is about redemption from our past and the promise of eternity, Jesus being our Lord is about the here and now — how we live, act, and breathe each day.

So, let’s not just celebrate our salvation (as incredible as it is). Let's joyfully let Jesus be the Lord of our every moment, guiding our steps and leading our hearts closer to Him.

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