There was a time, not so very long ago, when our youngest son declared that one day he would marry a woman named ‘Eager.’ He made this pronouncement a couple of weeks after having the word ‘eager’ on one of his weekly spelling lists. Why ‘Eager’? We have no clue. However, it is one of those childhood stories that we don’t want to forget later in life. It’s too precious.
Now, Caleb is only ten years old. We have a while to wait before we ever meet his future bride. She may not have the name ‘Eager,’ but I cannot help but wonder if eager will be one of her character traits. Time will tell.
Recently, I have had the opportunity to study the word ‘eager’ in Greek in my bible studies. Because of Caleb’s ‘Eager’ declaration, whenever I see the word in print, especially in Scripture, I cannot help but smile. Eager comes from the Greek transliterated word zeloo. Zeloo means to desire, to earnestly pursue and to strive after.
In the case of the verses from the book of Titus below, our life pursuit should center upon doing something good while we await the return of our Savior and Lord.
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 Savior, 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 NIV
The central thrust of waiting in these verses means to receive. Dechomai is the Greek transliterated word for ‘wait.’ It means to receive and to take hold of by the hand.
Isn’t that interesting?
While waiting for something or some one, do we really feel like we’re actually receiving something? Usually, we feel the opposite, don’t we? We may feel denied of the thing we seek. We may struggle with discouragement when the object of our pursuit fails to materialize in what we deem a timely fashion. In fact, when we are waiting for some one or something we may feel entirely forsaken. Honestly, to feel like we’re receiving something while we are waiting is beyond our comprehension. And to take this wait period by the hand and hold it? How is that possible?
Yet, as disciples of Jesus Christ, haven’t we received an incredible gift of hope, joy, love, and life?
Of course we have!
In response, as we wait for Christ’s return, how are we living then?
Are we eager?
Are we setting our sights on generous pursuits among those around us because we have received the gift of blessed hope and have determined to share it?
All of us are waiting for some kind of earthly desire, want or need.
I know it’s hard to wait. However, sooner or later, we’ll either receive what we hoped for, or for whatever reason, we will decide to let the dream go and move on with our life.
What I wonder is if we live with the recognition that beyond our hopes and dreams transcends our Ultimate Hope? For overarching every single wait period in our lives, is our anticipation of the glorious return of Jesus Christ, our Lord. This time is gloriously shaping us to serve and care for others.
Do we live with this truth in mind?
Do we live in eager expectation of the return of our Lord?
Have we taken this Great Hope by the hand and offered it to some one even while we wait?
How soon our Savior and Lord will return, I do not know. While we wait, though, we are exhorted to care for the needs of others and share the blessed hope of Christ and do something good.
2014 beckons. How eager will we be to take hold of what we have in our lives? And in response, will we bless and do something good in honor of our Savior in the New Year?
How eager will we be?
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