A Godly life – A life truly worth living
2 Timothy 3:12-14 – Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it
I do not mean funny as in ha-ha, but in sadness and shame, that so many so-called, self professing and confessing Christians in this nation may be so called impostors. Yes, these may be quite hard words to hear, and a very hard pill to swallow, but do yourself a favor and deeply and truthfully examine yourself (as all Christians are commanded to do) in light of the Holy Scriptures and the sins against God that they speak of.
Do you gossip, slander, back-bite, haughty, prideful, unloving, unkind, and we have not even got to the “so-called” BIG sins yet, like stealing, adultery, coveting. We spend more time chasing the things of this world, arguing and debating about the things of this world, and little if any of Christ! THIS SHOULD NOT BE!
As I am reading 2 Timothy this morning and writing about this, Paul says in chapter 3 verse 12 – Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
Matthew 10:22 – You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.
James 4:4 – You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
John 3:19 – This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. (which is only a few verses after the beloved verse of John 3:16 many people love to quote, and often times do so improperly).
1 Corinthians 1:18 – For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Matthew 5:10-12 – “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Breaking these few scriptures can be read and thought of as such. I also love the fact how the Holy Spirit caused the Apostle Paul to use a comma in his opening statement. Indeed,. The word indeed means that you are underscoring or introducing a point that is truth or means as a matter of fact. So many people look at the scriptures in a sinful manner of being relevant (or worse irrelevant!) and do not believe that truth can be absolute. The Word of God is the ONLY thing in this life, in His Holy Word, and the eternity to come that is 100% pure absolute truth, so we best be listening what He is trying to tell you and me!
So Indeed, all who desire… Do you daily think on, dwell on, dream about, etc what your desires are? Are you purposefully living for the world and the things therein, or do you desire to live for and to please God in all your conduct and daily business. Do you pray for wisdom from above in the new graces and mercies you have been shown to even have the ability to get out of bed? Most of us take that for granted every day! Do we go out an lavishly spend on ourselves expensive coffees, or fancy foods to show the world how good we take care of our bodies by spending more than we ought to (yup, did this with intention to get us to all think how foolishly we are!)
Look back just a few paragraphs and let the seriousness of James 4:4 pierce our spirits and convict us if need be! There there is 1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
These are signs that help prove, a litmus test if you will, those who are following Jesus Christ in their lives. If we also look back to the previous chapter, chapter 3, we see who the people are who are not following Christ, especially these, our days of difficulty. People will love themselves, love money, proud, arrogant, abusive, ungrateful, slanderous, hate good, reckless, and the like.
If we seek from God, wisdom from above in the power of the Holy Spirit, whose purpose is, to give the Christian the Godly abilities to live a life that is pleasing to God. That is why we daily need to be in the Word of God, praying to God, seeking God, working out HIS will and purpose in our lives, he will give us the ability to see the false sheep, wolves in sheep’s clothing and who to stay away from.
The end of chapter 4 sums all of this up in: All scripture, that is both the Old Testament and the New Testament, is God breathed, or breathed out by God, and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, and equipped for every good work.
Does any of these things speak to you as a Godly person, one who daily seeks God, depends on Him strives for Him in all things, for your good and His glory? Or are you the opposite and stand in His way that your will be done? One way is just a life, the other is a full and meaningful life. The standards have been set, but it is for us to seek by His Word, which life we are truly living. May we properly use the grace and mercy given us this day, to seek repentance if need be, and that He would use us in a worthy manner to glory Him however He sees fit.