Jan 22 2011
The World Stinks
This devotional by Dr. Michael Guido explains very well why God has called those that have been born again to separation and to not become involved in worldliness. This world is not our home – just a place to serve God in the interim and to lead others to a saving knowledge of Christ.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 2:11-14.
It has been a blessing to listen for many years to the radio program “The Sower” with Dr. Michael Guido that has been broadcast over the world through international Christian radio.
The above scripture lesson shows us that for those that have come to know Jesus it is their God-assigned duty to deny ungodliness and worldy lusts. We live in this word, but we know that it will pass away and that we have a home in the world to come with Christ. We want to be a blessing in this world, but we don’t to get caught up in the world. We will be caught up to be in the clouds with Jesus (1 Thess 4:13-18). That knowledge should help us to get our life in the proper perspective. We want to be separate from the sin of this world, but we also want to serve the Lord and one another in this world by way of a godly way of life that is characterized by those three words (1) sober, (2) righteous and (3)godly. Can you identify areas in your life that are not sober, righteous or godly? Can you identify tasks and responsibilities that you need to take to be sober, righteous and godly while awaiting the return of the Lord? Can you identify behavioral traits or habits in modern society that are contrary to being sober, righteous or godly which you need to avoid? Even many people who say they are Christian and profess salvation whould have to live a radically altered life in order to follow the scriptures’ command to live soberly, righteously and godly. Many times serving the Lord means that we have to unlearn. The world has conditioned our minds. We have consciously or unconsciously learned things that are contrary to God’s way of life. If we are truly willing to follow Jesus and learn from Him, then we must be willing to unlearn the things the world has slyly suggested to us.
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