First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
(1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV)
Paul writing to Timothy, his son in the faith, is urging Timothy to live a godly life. Being a believer in the Bible and understanding that the Word has an application to my life, I feel that I should take on this charge that Paul has given Timothy in my own life.
As I examine my life I have to ask the question “if someone was to describe me now, would they use the word “godly”?” To be honest I am not sure they would. So how would I make this transition from where I am now to the “godly life that Paul charges in these passages?
But when I think of how this might apply, I find that the word godly can have so many presuppositions tied to it that everyone and their mom has a different view of what godly could mean or does mean to them.
So in the search for the true meaning of the word godly in order that we may align our lives to it, we must ask the same book that prescribes this charge as to what it means to live a life that could be characterized by the word “godly”.
Characteristics of the “godly” life
- The “godly” are like God, set apart for His purposes.
- Psalm 4:3 – But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him
- Psalm 86:2 – Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God
- The “godly” will face trials and persevere because of their hope
- 2 Timothy 3:12 – Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
- 2 Peter 2:9 – then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials,1 and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,
- The “godly” will do what is right in the eyes of God
- Titus 2:12 – training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age
How this plays out in our lives.
- If we are to live “godly” lives, we must be a follower of Christ.
- To be set apart for His purposes, we must be devoted to Him.
- If we are to live “godly” lives, we must read His Word, The Bible.
- How can you follow Christ, if you don’t know what He says or commands?
- How can you do what is right in the eyes of God if you don’t know Him?
- If we are to live “godly” lives, we must focus on Him at all times.
- This is how we persevere, by focusing on Him and not our problems.
How we get started (The Tools of the Trade) (Do NOT take on all this at once. Think Baby steps, add one then another and then another. If something doesnt work, try something else and move on.)
- Start start reading your Bible Daily with a Bible Reading Plan
- Start reading a daily devotional
- A great one to get started with is here. (HINT: Buy 2 or 3 and place them in the areas you are most. At home by the TV remote, In the Car, and at Work)
- Web Page devotional
- Start keeping a record of the things God brings to your attention
- Scripture that jumps out at you
- Song lyrics that speak to you
- A quote that you enjoy
- Start memorizing scripture
- Flash cards are your friend. Punch a hole in them, put them on a key ring and keep them in your car.
- Or get the App.
- This can be intimidating but there is nothing like being able to recall scripture in hard situations. Plus you don’t want the 8yr old at church to be able to beat you at Bible drills.
- Start listening to sermons on the drive
- There are several great podcasts of sermons on iTunes for free and they update each week. So pick a few and listen on the way to work.
- If you would like some recommendations for the ones I like, please let me know.
I hope and pray that this was informative for you and I now charge you to go out and live a “godly” life that we may please our Savior and show the world His grace.