DAY 3 - Read Daily03-11-2019 | Emily Middleton | YOUTH
Day 3 - Knowledge Leads To Godliness
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness
Questions For Reflection
- Do you believe that the gospel can transform any life? How does this attitude shape your view of evangelism today?
- Examine your day to day life. How can godliness be seen in your thoughts, words, and actions? What areas of your life are you holding back from God?
- How does the fact that, according to Paul, knowledge of the truth leads to godliness affect your view of:
(i) Your daily Bible reading?
(ii) Your commitment to Scripture memorization?
(iii) The importance of lyrics in the worship songs we sing?
- In what ways does a ‘fear’ of God increase your understanding of His love and, in turn, increase your desire for him?
Devotion Transcript (Watch on Baptist Youth Youtube Channel)
Do you have a positive attitude? Are you a good level of outgoing? Would you describe yourself as confident? If your answer to all three of these questions was ‘yes’, then congratulations! According to the Daily Mail, you possess the 3 most attractive personality traits. They claim that you will find it easier to find a husband/wife, get a good job and make friends.
I hope I’m not bursting anyone’s bubble by saying that none of this is guaranteed - someone’s personality is shaped by so many other crucial aspects. However, the story is a good picture of the type of person that our society looks up to. In Titus, Paul gives us a type of character which is to be most valued as followers of Christ. It won’t gain the attention of the world around you - in fact, the attention won’t be on you at all.
Instead, it will bring glory to God. It is found in Titus ch1v1 where it says, “Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness”. If you haven’t guessed it already, it’s godliness. Paul wants the “elect” (which is those who have put their trust in the Lord Jesus) to be godly and he explains that this is through “their knowledge of the truth.”
Paul was writing to Titus who, at the time, was in Crete - a Greek island. Later on in the book of Titus, the people in Crete are described as “liars, evil beasts” and “lazy gluttons.” Therefore, in such a culture, Paul is keen to establish that the followers of Jesus know the “truth” which is from a God who “never lies.” And what is this “truth” he describes? It’s the Gospel - the good news through which people come to saving faith in the Lord Jesus. In a society so full of sin, the Gospel had the power to transform “liars, evil beasts” and “lazy gluttons” into men and women displaying “godliness”. Be encouraged that it has the same power today!
However, as followers of Christ, we aren’t perfect. We desire to live in the way God wants us to but often we let Him down. In Romans ch7v19 Paul says, “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.” While on this earth, we will never be free of sin but praise God for the hope of Heaven that He has given us - someday the work in us will be completed and we will spend forever worshipping Him in His presence. Until that day, Paul teaches us that in order to honor God by desiring to live godly lives, we must cling to the “knowledge of the truth”. We must be grounded in the gospel.
So what exactly is this “godliness”? Firstly, let’s examine what it isn’t. Godliness isn’t just something we read about in the lives of characters in the Bible. It’s not from a bygone era and it isn’t only seen in the lives of much older believers. It’s also not just an optional extra after you have given your life to the Lord Jesus. You see, godliness is not so much about character as it is about the foundation on which it is built. Godliness is built upon devotion to God. Devotion doesn’t just mean your
‘quiet time’ or the big feeling you get when you’re singing your favourite hymn in church. Devotion is to do with your attitude and it is seen in a life completely surrendered to God. You seek God’s way above your own or the way of the world; you bring God into every aspect of your life; you desire to serve Him and do all things for His glory.
Unless God is at the center of your life like this, godliness will be oppressive and burdensome. Devotion to God involves a fear of God - not fear of wrath or judgment because as followers of Jesus, we have been rescued from such. Fear is being in awe of the glory, majesty, and holiness of God. A clear example of this fear is in Isaiah ch6 where Isaiah is before the Lord and says, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!” It is this fear of God that leads us to obedience.
Devotion to God involves the deep, personal realisation that ‘God loves me’. He demonstrated this when He sent His perfect Son, the Lord Jesus, to die on the cross and take all of the punishment for sin that you and I deserve. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians ch5 v14-15,
“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised”.
Devotion to God means that you ‘thirst’ for Him. Look at David’s desire for God in Psalm 42 - “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God”. Someone who is godly is completely captivated by God. God alone satisfies them yet they just can’t get enough of His presence. It is this ‘thirst’ that produces a desire to honor and please God by keeping His ways. As followers of Jesus, may we cling to our “knowledge of the truth” - the gospel; may we be completely devoted to God; may He be brought much glory as He produces godliness in our lives.