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Devotional - week of August 25, 2002


GODLY LIVING

… all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.  2 Timothy 3:12

“Godly living” can be said to be “God-like living.” It is a life possessing God-like qualities.

The thought of godly living would possibly leave many saying, “You will have to count me out. I could never arrive at such a lofty life.”

Godly living, though, is not something we achieve. It is a life we choose.

The words “in Christ Jesus” indicate the possibility of a godly life for the believer who chooses it. The godly life is for the believer who chooses to live out his union with Jesus Christ in crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

When we live out our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, we put the flesh and its ungodly qualities out of power and release the Holy Spirit to fill us. God the Holy Spirit fills us with Himself and lives the godly life through us.

A result of the godly life is persecution. Those “who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” One is reminded of the words of Jesus:

The world … hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.  John 7:7

… because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.  John 15:18-19

The implication of Jesus’ words is that a godly life is a rebuke to the life-style of the world.

While the world at large will hate those living the godly life, experience has shown that some will come to despise the life they are living and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.

This effective work of evangelism through godly living is an attraction to many believers to choose to live out their union with Christ in crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.