“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” (Titus 2:11,12). What does it mean to deny ungodliness? Is this not denying anything that is not of God?
The things of this life often tempt us to forget about serving God and just live for the moment, enjoying sin because our worldly existence seems to revel in it, as if it were the natural thing for us to do, despite what God has said we must do in this life.
We want to forget about God and just be left alone to live as we see fit without regard for others or even ourselves as God has created us. Life is long and why should we think about the afterlife or any existence outside of our day to day.This is living ungodly and will not prepare us for the day when God will judge us based on the deeds we have done in this life (2 Corinthians 5:10).
We must not live so, but rather turn to God to guide us through His word that we will know what He expects of us and how we can live soberly, righteously and godly. “And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; ” (Hebrews 5:9). That is the key.
We must obey Jesus that we may acquire eternal salvation. The things of this life are fleeting and do not last. We must not place all our stock in them as our reason for being. Eternity is a time that we as humans cannot fully grasp, yet it is what we are promised if we obey Jesus.
We must learn to love God and His son and want to serve them, if we are to succeed in living godly before Him. Jesus came to this earth and lived among us as the perfect example of how we should live. True, it is not always easy and we will make mistakes but with the help of God we can accomplish what He would have us do.
We need to take it one day at a time and live for Him as we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.(2 Peter 3:18). We should spend some time studying the word of God each day so that we may be filled with the Spirit, who is the inspiration behind scripture, and that we may know God and make our dwelling with Him.
If we cannot spend some of our time each day with Him, how are we to spend an eternity with Him? We should fill our hearts and our minds with the word of God, so that we learn to live by it and not stray into ungodliness.
If we keep in our minds that great sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross, through which we have forgiveness of our sins, keeping ever before our face that promise of eternal life, we can push forward to the goal which awaits the righteous when this life is over. Some have said that every sin that we may do is a result of selfishness and this is in many ways true.
If we learn to live godly lives, we will put God and others before ourselves, denying the tendency to worry only about self, which can only lead to sin. “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
We are to live our lives not as if we have already received the prize (eternal life) but pushing forward to the goal that we will be found worthy to go to heaven once life is over. We are to live godly lives if we are to be acceptable to God. There is no other way. Study, that we may know what is the perfect will of God and practice it in our lives. (Romans 12:2).
May God bless and keep you until next time.