LIVING HOPE AS WE FACE THE END OF DAYS
Humans can live 40 days without food; and 3 days without water; and 8 minutes without air; But only 1 second without hope!
A Hopeless World Needs Hope-filled People
The closer we get to the end of days; and the more difficult the world or our part of the world may get; and no matter how much bad prevails all around us, God’s plan never changes. His plan has been the same for Christ’s church for these past 20 centuries.
When the world is sliding towards ruin, God always wants: His children finishing hopefully in a despairing world. And that is the final quality we find in Titus 2:2
Of all the words we have looked at over the past few weeks that describe a grace-energized man of godly influence in Christ’s Church, no word is bigger in the scope of God’s Word than this word we look at today.
At the end of the sentence in Titus 2:2, the last word that God’s Spirit inspired Paul to write in the Holy Scriptures is the Greek word: hupomeno. This word is HUGE in both the Old and the New Testament.
This inspired word was chosen by God to show up in some of the best-known verses of the Bible, and also in some of the most strategic passages such as those that teach the perseverance of the saints. So listen carefully to all God has to say to each of us through His Word today!
Titus 2:2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; NKJV
“[sound in] patience” is how this Greek word hupomone is translated in the NKJV and KJV; or by these words in the other main English translations: “steadfastness” in ESV; “endurance” in NIV; and “perseverance” in the NAS.
The bottom line this word communicates is that God wants older men in Christ’s Church FINISHING HOPEFULLY IN A DESPAIRING WORLD.
God wants men who persevere through all the hard times life will always bring—and then model that triumphant hope Christ alone can bring. Among the aged who are often characterized as fretful and down-hearted, these men radiate hope. Here is how one writer describes men living out this quality:
“They are to exhibit the ability to endure hardship, to accept disappointment and failure, to be satisfied despite thwarted personal desires and plans. They have learned to graciously live with such difficulties as physical weakness, loneliness, and being misunderstood and unappreciated. They do not lose heart when things do not turn out the way they had hoped and expected, but have the perfect confidence “that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28).”