Titus 2:11-13 “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Godliness is not something to be studied but practiced. Reading too much about godliness can almost become counterproductive. Instead, this is going to be about reflecting and evaluating. The first thing to understand is that people can be good and do good without having a relationship with God. There are plenty of people in the world who have strong character and morals but do not claim Christianity. Godliness is not necessarily synonymous with Christ-like. It would be more synonymous with Christ-centered. Again, people can show similar love for others like Christ did without giving God the credit. The clear distinction to understand godliness is to understand why we are Christ-like. Keeping God at the center of all we do and yearning for a relationship with Him is godliness.
Enough of the lesson. Let’s get into it.
- What are some ways that you are godly in your life right now? Think of areas in your life where you feel like you are closer to God. Not perfect, but something resembling Jesus. This would be the Christ-like actions.
- Now, what are the areas where you need growth? Get real honest, here. Where are you lacking and not acting as Christ would? This exercise is useless unless you are brutally honest with yourself.
- Are you staying centered on God in all that you do? Are your “Christ-like” actions intentional?
The goal of this is to establish a baseline for where we are. There can be no growth without first identifying a starting place. The second and just as important thing to remember is that we need to make the connection between “Christ-like” actions and our relationship with God. This is godliness. We do not act according to Christ for a better house in Heaven or for more success on earth. We act according to Christ so that we may be closer to Him in every way. Our motives must be clear. To be in close, loving relationship with the Almighty God. Everything we do should stem from wanting to be with Him.
How do I make this practical?
Find some measures of accountability. Set alarms or reminders on your phone to reflect on Christ-like acts. Meditate on God. Spend time simply being with Him wherever you are and whatever you are doing at that moment. Stop. Take a minute and focus on God. Keep Him at the center. That is our goal. Remember, being godly is a step beyond being Christ-like. While you cannot be godly without being Christ-like, you could be Christ-like without being godly. Being intentional about your relationship with Jesus is godly. Our most important relationship is the one we have with Jesus.
Weekend Goal: Take time to recognize your godly acts. Simply take note of them and spend a few extra seconds in God’s presence. Ask Him for more moments like that one. If you have never meditated before it may be a little uncomfortable or awkward at first, but do not let discomfort keep you from a stronger relationship with Christ.
2 Peter 1:3 “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.”