Mother to teen: “I’ll be back in an hour and then we’ll go shopping for your shoes. While I’m gone I’d like you to clean your room, put your dirty clothes in the wash, and take Ruff outside for his walk. Okay?” Between the lines of those instructions is this: “Don’t sit around and watch T.V. while you’re waiting for me.” There is a difference between passive and active waiting.
And that applies to life as a follower of Jesus as well. We are people waiting-waiting for “the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). But Titus didn’t just write about the return of Christ, he also wrote about what we are to do while we wait: “Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age” (Titus 2:12).
In other words, we are to wait actively, not passively. Instead of being passive about loving Christ’s return and active about loving the world, we are to be passive about loving the world and active about loving Christ’s return. What does active waiting look like? Love, service, witness, worship, good works, and obedience.
Portions of commentary from David Jeremiah’s Turning Points Devotional, November 23, 2017.