“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 Saviour, 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)
In this rich sentence, Paul draws out several consequences of God’s glorious revelation of His good grace. The grace of God offers salvation to all. The grace of God teaches us to say “No”. The grace of God enables us to live in upright godliness. The grace of God fuels our patient waiting for the appearing of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. For many of us, September is the start of a new “year” of being “eager to do what is good”, whether in church life, education or ministry. May this year’s service to our Lord be inspired by His grace, and may His grace be magnified through all we do.