Paul tells us in I Timothy to pursue godliness with an unrelenting and persevering effort. Titus 2:11-13 tells us to live godly lives and in Titus 1:1 Paul states his whole mission as one to help believers lead a godly life!
Obviously displaying godliness is important for believers. But what does godliness really mean?
It’s probably easier to define what it’s NOT first.
Godliness is not simply Christian characteristics. When Paul is encouraging the New Testament world to pursue godliness and Peter states in 2 Peter 1:3 “we have everything we need for life and godliness”, he isn’t necessarily talking about character traits.
Godliness is more of a personal attitude or devotion toward God resulting in actions that are pleasing to God.
This devotion isn’t simply an emotion or feeling but a life that is centered and focused on God.
Pitfalls when pursuing godliness
But we all struggle with this concept at times. Often we try to develop godliness by working on our outward character without taking the time to develop a God-centered devotion about our life. Or walking with God has become familiar and a daily routine and not a God-centered devotion and intimate relationship.
But godliness is different. Godliness can be defined as devotion to God which results in a life that is pleasing to him.
But devotion to God can be hard! Really really hard. It’s difficult to continue to engage your mind and focus your attention on God as you walk through daily life.
But it’s possible. And here’s a simple way to start.
Ways to pursue godliness in your life today
First, read through the list below of various spiritual disciplines and choose 1-3 that you would like to start practicing this week.
What are spiritual disciplines? They are simple practices you see throughout scripture that put you in a position to hear from and be changed by God. There are a huge variety of spiritual disciplines. A few to choose from are:
- Silence & Solitude
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The handout has specific suggestions for how to practice each discipline in your daily life.
Third, read the suggested ways to practice on the handout and make a plan to begin.
Under each discipline listed on the handout, there are 2-3 suggestions on how to immediately begin practicing this discipline.
Fourth, take the time to incorporate spiritual disciplines into your life!
Creating a daily plan will help you be successful as you seek to implement new habits into your life. Try first thing in the morning or during your lunch break. Feel free to start slow as you work to rearrange your life around seeking God.
We all want to be godly, but it takes some effort on our part. Take this opportunity today to begin practicing the spiritual disciplines by printing out the handout and following the suggestions. I promise as you put yourself in a position to hear from God, he will begin to transform you from the inside out.
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