For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,” (Titus 2:11–13, ESV)

As followers of “our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” we are living a life that is in tension.  One the one hand we are doing, we are living “self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age.”  We are about the business of being a light to the world in our daily lives, in our actions, attitudes and words.

At the same time, we are also waiting.  We await the appearance of “our blessed hope…our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”

The tension in the lives of believers is that we are called to both be working and be waiting.  We are to do both well and we are to live lives that emphasize both.

Maranatha…Come quickly, Lord Jesus.