For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people
It is the day before Christmas and many of us sit just hours away from the anticipated ripped wrappings and torn boxes, hot chocolate and candy canes. Santa and toys, gift cards and garland. It is a time full of smiles and children’s laughter. Rich smells and full bellies. Families return home and households are full again. What could be better? What more could we want for Christmas?
Titus is a young man who was raised up under Paul to preach and teach, leading communities to a fuller understanding of Jesus and the grace brought through Him. Titus had a great challenge to teach those in the church to be holy in every possible way (vv. 2–10). Because we are the recipients of God’s grace and salvation, Paul says (v. 11), we should reflect the character and engage in the behaviors taught in verses 2–10.
In the midst of a broken world, especially in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, it is so easy to lose track of the character of God, the character we are to emulate. It is easy to buy into the selfish desires of the world. So what more could we want for Christmas? – That we shall express the love of Christ who offers his salvation to the all people.
May our greatest gift be sharing Christ the Savior. May our lives prove worthy of the gospel. May we gather together this Christmas Eve and tell the story of Christ’s humble birth, as we wait with blessed hope for the appearing of the glory of Jesus!
God of salvation, may I see and experience Your grace this Christmas. Help me to share Your Truth, and may lives be changed this holiday. May Your grace and salvation come to all people. In the name of Christ, the Savior I pray, Amen.
Pastor Tara Fanton