Many of us want to make more progress in life. As Christians, one of the best and most important things we can do, is to grow in godliness. Here’s why: “Godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come,” (1 Timothy 4:8) and, “godliness with content is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6). How do you define godliness?
Definition of Godliness
Godliness refers to the state or quality of being like God and is based on a lifestyle that reflects his character. Godliness involves an ever-deepening devotion to God and a continuous spiritual transformation into his image. When God created man, he did so in his own image and likeness, but man was influenced by evil and became less godly. However, God sent his beloved son Jesus to teach us how to live. God loves us so much that he gave his dear begotten son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3: 16). The most Godly person who has ever lived was Jesus Christ, and we can become more like him by his power which is sufficient for us because it is make perfect in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9).
Grow in Godliness with Jesus Christ
Here is what the Apostle Peter had to say about Jesus and Godliness:
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
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 possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:3-10).
Beloved, I pray that we grow in godliness so that God our Father will look upon us and say, “This is my beloved daughter in whom I am well pleased,” or “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” This is what he said of Jesus. He can say the same of us. When we grow in godliness, we will become more Christlike and bear the fruit of the spirit. We will also please God and make more Christian Progress at the same time. In the next article I will discuss how to grow in godliness. Meanwhile, please share your comments below. I would love to hear from you.