July 26, 2017

Intentional Godliness

It’s not always easy to turn a habit into a lifestyle. In fact, it’s not until you put together a bunch of those habits that they even begin to resemble somewhat of a constant way of life. This is true with any area of our lives: familial, occupational, spiritual . . .

Let’s focus on the last one there for a minute.

Take a minute to consider what habits you have been making regarding your spiritual life. Include both good and bad ones; think about what ideas and priorities you have been ignoring or pursuing each day. Consider the following:

  • Where does your mind go immediately after waking up in the morning? It’s okay to wish for more sleep or wonder what time it is this time you woke up, but do you start off the day focusing your mind on God? Is one of your first thoughts something similar to David’s plea in Psalm 19:14, where he cries out, “let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer“?
  • How do you plan your day? Sure, we all have priorities and things that have to be done on any given day. But do you consider what it is God would have you to do that day? Do you pray over your to-do lists and place higher priority on things that will further His kingdom?
  • How do you respond to “interruptions” in your day? It’s easy to get frustrated; but remember, we are commanded to “rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4).  Are you thankful for an interruption, realizing that God has ordained whatever it is to take place at that moment in your life? Think about Psalm 16:9, which reminds us that “the heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”
  • How do you choose to relax at the end of the day, when you’re tired and worn out from the busyness of life? The “normal” response would to be flop down on the sofa and zone out to some mindless entertainment. And those things might be okay in moderation, but they don’t edify us. They definitely don’t promote godliness. How much better it would be to settle in somewhere with a Bible and a hymnbook, and refresh our minds and souls with words of praise to God and quiet communication with God. He has the power to calm the noise in our hearts and to provide us with a refuge from the chaos of this world.

The point is, godliness doesn’t happen by accident. We must intentionally plan and practice ways to become more godly. We must actively work at it, making it a lifestyle rather than just a random occurrence.

What are some of the things you do (or don’t do) that help you along the path of godliness?

Perhaps God has shown you something that others of us could profit from; perhaps God has given you victory over some habit or victory in creating a new habit. Feel free to share below!