Hellooo my favourite people,
Welcome to a new week!
Do you know that Jesus was not lope-sided and he doesn’t want us to be? So I am guessing we are still together in this desire to be able to tie the both ends of our lives and still stay afloat.
If you are like me who is prone to colonize one end of the rope while neglecting the other; then what you need is balance.
We are neck deep in a series of posts aimed at helping us understand that balance is possible in life and that we can not only achieve it but also maintain it.
Truth is; I desire to be a well-rounded, versatile and balanced Christian and I know you do too.
This is pertinent in our walk with God and our relationship with one another so that we won’t become barren or unfruitful in our knowledge of Christ. I don’t think anyone of us want that.
2 Peter 1:5-8
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you posses these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus.
If you’ve been following, you will recall that we have looked at faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance and now-godliness.
I have always wondered what it means to be godly. So many pictures come to mind when the word ‘godliness’ is mentioned: pious, decent, deeply spiritual and even gloomy and sad for some.
The more I think about it, the more I realize it simply means to be like God- to think, live and behave like God.
Fortunately, this is the life we have been called to live- the God kind of life.
That tells me that there is indeed a Christ-like way to live. We are not impulsive, unpredictable freelancers; those for whom anything goes. Christians are not people who are at the mercy of their whim, unstable and gullible.
There is a godly way to live and that is what God wants us to discover and live by.
Being godly does not mean putting God in every sentence or learning to speak the language of Christians- Christianese. It’s more than wearing long skirts and long sleeved shirts and doing all the things that Church people do; it is living the God kind of life.
It is doing things the same way God would have done them if he were physically present on earth.
Godliness is being the best at what you do; be it business, school or in government. It is telling the truth and denouncing every crooked way. It is refusing to get even and living at peace with people.
It amazes me when Christians point to God as the reason for their failure or when they are at loggerheads with everyone in the neighbourhood and term it persecution…very funny right?
If you are a student, it is not godly to fail because you were too lazy to read or because you were engaged in church activities. Godliness is excellence.
Its way past the time we associated godliness with mediocrity and shabbiness; godliness is greatness, influence and dominion. It is joy, peace and gladness!
Our faith in God produces a godly life- the God kind of life; victorious and full of impact and dominion.
Finally my people; be godly- Look good, do good, think good and speak good because your God is good!
And next time you catch yourself doing otherwise, slap yourself and remind ‘you’ that Godliness is not synonymous with gloominess.