Yesterday I was lamenting that there are no godliness pills I can take every day. Benny and I were chuckling about this last night and agreed that if there were such a thing, we would want to be involved in the marketing of them!
Yet, we have been given a prescription for sanctification (growth in godliness). The Bible is full of encouragement and instruction on the part we play in this process:
- Maintaining the spiritual disciplines that demonstrate pursuit of God and His word.
- Keeping a clear conscience through regular invitations for the Holy Spirit to search our hearts for sin, compromise and spiritual drift.
- Applying the truths of scripture to our hearts, leading to grace-empowered mortification (putting to death) of our sin so we are experiencing the joy of watching God change us.
- Being a part of a church where God’s word is unapologetically preached and pastoral care is extended.
- Cultivating relationships where fellowship, encouragement, loving correction, comfort and hope are the norm.
Godliness is a process that pills can’t make happen. But the good news is that these (and other) prescriptions from our heavenly Physician insure our spiritual and relational health.
The very best news is this: We have a good and loving God that is more committed to our health that even the best doctor could ever be! Look at these comforting and faith-building promises (emphasis mine):
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you willbring it to
completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:6).
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3).
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Eph 3:20).
Like me, have you been struggling with areas of needed change in your heart for which you lost focus or hope? Does it seem like the process of spiritual growth is just too wearying to continue investing the effort needed? Are circumstances coming against you, making it hard to adjust from one hard situation to the next? Does it seem at times like God has “finished” with you or others, and the completed project isn’t what you thought?
I pray these verses encourage you as they have been me. Our God is a hard worker. He even works through the night because He doesn’t even sleep. He is working when we can’t see it. He not only makes promises but also fulfills every one!
He will not leave us unchanged. His mighty power is at work in us. Day by day.