All we need is Jesus. And once we have a personal relationship with Jesus, He expects us to live godly lives.
Today's Devotional Scripture
"As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises. He has promised that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share his divine nature." (2 Peter 1:3-4, New Living Translation)
What is a godly life?
Let's assume that you have already accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Your godly life requires:
- Believing and acting upon the two Greatest Commandments - "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind" and "Love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:36-40, Mark 12:39-41, Luke 10:27)
- Doing your part to fulfill the Great Commission - "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28.19-20, Mark 16:15-16)
- Obeying God's commandments and instructions, which are provided in The Bible - “Anyone who loves me (Jesus) will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them." (John 14:23)
- Using the fruit of the Spirit - "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." (Galatians 5:22-25)
- Constantly praising God for what He has done for you - "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." (John 3:16-17, Romans 15:7-19, Revelation 7:11-12)
There are more requirements, but due to space limitations I've listed the five most critical ones in this article.
You might want to print this article and review these requirements whenever you are too high or too low. Here is one final piece of advice from the author of Hebrews.
"Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
'Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.'
So we say with confidence,
'The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."
Heavenly Father, I praise you for filling me with your precious Holy Spirit - Your own glory and goodness dwelling within me. Thank you for giving me everything I need to live a holy, and godly life. In the name of Jesus. Amen.