What is a Godly Life?
Godly living is not walking around fluffing up our angelic wings, righting our crooked halos, or even spending 10 hours in our Bibles and 5 hours on our knees daily. It is not an unattainable, pie-in-the-sky, unrealistic idea. It’s a lifestyle and a mindset God wants us to strive for every day.
Hang On A Minute
Before we take a look at things that make up a godly lifestyle, I just want to caution you to keep your eyes on Jesus and not on anyone else. It’s perfectly fine to look at how someone else lives their life but take it to God and ask him to show you what is best for you and your family.
It may look like the other person you’ve been observing has it all together and you feel like your life is a mess but God has a plan for YOU that may be totally different from that other person. Don’t allow the devil to heap coals of guilt on your heart because you are not doing what others are doing. We all have things we need to work on in our life so comparing is simply opening ourselves to condemning guilt and that is not God.
Dust it off if you have to but begin to read your Bible regularly. Regularly, not religiously. The more you read and get to know God the more you want to read and get to know him. You can’t short-cut this and think it’s good enough that you go to church on Sundays and hear a few verses. Sitting back and listening to the wisdom God has chosen to share with your pastor is not enough. God wants YOU to seek HIM. God’s word is personal to each of us (it goes deep into our innermost thoughts and desires) and holds us accountable (we must explain all that we have done).
“For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)
Going hand-in-hand with reading God’s word is praying to him about all things, big and small. Your prayers are as personal and unique as your relationship with God is. Your words do not have to be fancy and long-winded. Jesus did not go on and on when he prayed. He stayed focused on our Father, prayed in his will, and trusted it was taken care of. There are so many examples of prayer throughout the Bible but one of my favorites is in Ephesians. It shows me how we are to pray for each other.
“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that pray that you may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and height and depth, and to know Christ’s love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19 WEB)
Make a conscious effort to look for ways that God is speaking to you and blessing you, then thank him. As Christians, we know there is no such thing as a coincidence. You will begin to see little and big ways God has chosen to bless you.
Why should you bother going to the effort to look for God’s blessings? Because it adjusts your perspective. Besides, every time you recognize a blessing, every time you read God’s Word, every time you pray to your Father, every time you fast and put God first instead of your own desires, your faith grows stronger and stronger. This is working your faith muscles.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2 KJV)
Surround yourself with like-minded Christians friends. Our perfect example, Jesus, didn’t separate himself from non-believers but his constant companions were believers. A non-believer is often confused by Christians and simply cannot grasp where you are coming from because Gods ways are not the world’s ways.
I heard on the radio the other day that a person will begin to act like the people or person they are with the most. Who do you surround yourself with? Are they fellow believers? Are they encouraging and uplifting or negative and belittling? Do you spend time discussing the things of God with them as you each grow? A real, godly friend will encourage and challenge you to be the best possible Christian you can be. They will honor your relationship with Christ and seek to be a blessing to you.
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25 KJV)
How do you spend your time? We all have the same amount of time each day. Yes, you have to work but no matter how much you work or how busy you are, everyone has moments of free time. It could be while driving, while in the shower, while sitting on the toilet, or standing in line at the checkout. In those moments do you pull your phone out and catch up on Facebook, read a verse from your Bible app or pray? It’s your choice since God will never force himself on you. Those little snippets of time will add up quickly.
Maybe you are in a place you could pull up some praise music and worship God. One of the things I love to do is turn on my praise music while I am in the shower. It allows me to start my day (or end my day) with God in my heart and mind. I am still able to get my daily commitments accomplished without sacrificing my time with my Savior. Driving alone in my car is another favorite way of snatching time in my day for my Savior.
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21 KJV)
You are constantly filling your thoughts with something so you should pay attention to what that something is. We need to replace ungodly thoughts with godly ones. That is renewing of our minds and we can’t do that without the Holy Spirits help. We don’t have control over what thoughts come into our minds (the enemy is great at whispering untruths to us all day long) but when we get those thoughts, we need to run them past God’s Word and see if they are good, true, and lovely. If not, we need to force ourselves to turn our thoughts to other things.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8 KJV)
We also have to watch our words since we are given the ability to control them. We all say things we wish we could take back but unfortunately, that’s not possible. The old saying is true “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say nothing at all.” On the flip side, our words can be a blessing. They can put a smile on the face of someone who has had a really bad day and they can soothe a broken heart.
In the verse below I do not believe they are talking about curse words as much as negative, untrue speech. We were created to worship God and to bless each other. A corrupt and perverse speech would be anything that does not lift up and edify God and his children. “God loves and blesses everyone but me” is corrupt and perverse speech as is “It doesn’t matter what I do, God is love so he really won’t allow one of his children to go to hell.”
“Put away from thee perverseness of mouth, and corrupt lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be well-ordered. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left; remove thy foot from evil.” (Proverbs 4:24-27 DARBY)
Put Your Life In God’s Hands
Developing a godly mindset and lifestyle takes effort but it’s so worth it. If you haven’t been doing the above steps, give it a try. Strive to be faithful and not legalistic. Put yourself in Holy Spirit’s hands, be kind to yourself, and know that you will mess up. We all do. But take each mistake to God and repent. But take heart, every effort you make to be pleasing to God will be noticed and blessed!