Good people and Godly people

This past summer was absolutely fantastic! I was able to spend lots of time with my family and in devotional time seeking God. During those quiet moments, the Holy Spirit lead me toward studying on the topic of discipleship, most importantly the difference between being “good” and being “Godly.”

So often we get caught up in the personality, charisma, or personal sentiment regarding people. We like them, so therefore that automatically means that God does too. Nice people, who treat me well, tell me what I want to hear, and give me what I want. But the chasm between good and Godly is enormous.

Consider Jesus’ words in Luke 18:19:

And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.”

Paul also confirms this sentiment in Romans 3:23

…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

In the New Testament sense, NOBODY is worthy of God. It doesn’t matter how well we treat our spouses, take care of family, give to good causes, or attend church.

The ONLY way that we can be justified is through having a relationship with Jesus Christ! As John 14:6 states:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Therefore, to become a Godly person, we must adhere to Jesus. We must do what he asks and follow what he says. Without taking such action, we are doomed to an eternity in hell, as good works do not equate to having a relationship with Jesus.

(However, once we do find Jesus, good works are part of what Christians do. I’ll explain this later in future posts.)

Step one is to understand that we cannot become followers of Jesus by doing what we think is good.

We need to accept Christ’s authority in our own lives and acquiesce to his desires in all things. If it sounds extreme, it is. Christ demands all of us, not just the parts of our lives we want to give him.

In Matthew 16:24-25 it says:

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Jeremiah 17:9 also states:

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Here is the crux of the matter: We either follow Christ or we follow our own hearts. By following Christ we are assured that we are justified before God. By following my own heart (and passions, desires, beliefs, etc.) we are assured an eternity apart from him.

Consider the following steps on becoming the person Jesus wants you to be:

1-      Devotions are food for your soul. Reading your Bible, praying, attending church, and meditating on God (see Joshua 1) are paramount in the life of a Christian. If you are not regularly doing these things, you are facing death by spiritual malnourishment.

2-      Allow God to change your life. The purpose of God is to transform us into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). Therefore, although sometimes painful, we need to let God remove those things in our lives which are a hindrance and

3-      Consider your heart. How do you feel when it comes to spiritual matters? Do you long for God or is your spiritual walk out of obligation to some ethos? Just like a marriage, if we don’t have a desire to walk with God, it signifies that something else has captures our attention and/or love. Trust me: there is nothing better than a relationship with Jesus!

Looking forward to sharing a lot more on the topic of discipleship and seeking God!

God bless!