“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” 1 Peter 1:3-4
As Christian girls, our aim should be to live for Christ, to become like Him. That is sometimes hard. It’s sometimes unpopular. It sometimes takes us out or our comfort zone.
The verse above says that Jesus has given us “everything we need for a godly life.” I don’t know about you, but that reassures me because it means I am equipped for living Christ-like life.
The verse continues that this equipping comes through our knowledge of Him. We can’t live godly lives without knowing the God we aim to be like. What do we know about Jesus? Here are a few that came to my mind as I was writing: He’s humble, powerful, a Healer, just, compassionate, Lord, King, wise, and loving. What characteristics of His stand out to you?
So, we have a knowledge of Jesus, how do we accept this invitation to live godly lives? We can try to be good, try to overcome anger, try to be patient, try to be involved in everything at church. Try, try, try. Sometimes it might seem like we’re making progress, like we’re getting there. But we can’t make ourselves into godly women or “good Christians.” It is futile on our own.
And we aren’t supposed to do this on our own. Jesus has called us by His glory and goodness, and He equips up to live godly lives. When we follow Him, we gain His help in leading godly lives. It’s an invitation to lean our hearts toward him and allow His Spirit to guide us in escaping from the “corruption in the world” (verse 4).
How do you see that corruption in your life? For me, I see it so easily creeping in through media. Especially since moving into my own apartment, I find it very easy to just crash and watch Netflix when I come home tired. Or to check facebook on my phone and just keep scrolling.
While watching TV or scrolling through social media isn’t bad in and of itself, I can see it affecting me. For the most part, it’s leaning my heart toward what I want rather than toward the things of God. The messages in the movies and the opinions online infiltrate my thinking.
Here are some ways I’ve noticed. The renovation show makes my simple little apartment seem unsatisfying which leads to discontentment. The romance in the movie makes me want to focus on finding Mr. Right instead of trusting God to orchestrate my love story. Scrolling on facebook takes up the time I was going to use to prepare my Bible lesson for small group so my lesson suffers from lack of focus and shortened preparation time. I find myself consumed with me and what I feel like doing.
Slowly, my life becomes all about me. Even though I live by myself, my life is not about me. I have been called to live for Christ. I have given my life to Christ.
What about you? Do you find things in your life that reveal the “corruption of the world” in your life? Maybe it’s not Netflix or facebook for you. Maybe it’s Pinterest or an obsession with fitness or fashion. Maybe it’s the books you read. Each of these isn’t bad by itself, but we can easily allow it to control us instead of being controlled by the Spirit.
I’m ready to allow God to transform me. I want to lean into Christ and to have Him help me live a godly life. What are some practical ways to move our hearts in a direction toward Christ?
First, pray. Just this morning, I prayed “God, help me not get sucked into facebook.” It seems like a little prayer, but God loves when His people call on Him in faith. Ask for God’s help.
Second, read the Word. We must fill our minds with Truth to gain a “knowledge of Him” and understand “His very great and precious promises.”
Third, remember Him throughout the day. We need to invite Jesus into every part of our day. I have a post-it with a verse I’m memorizing on my bathroom mirror. I posted a hymn above my kitchen sink for me to meditate on while I wash the dishes. I try to pray for the people I talk to on the phone at work.
Let’s accept God’s invitation to live a godly life by inclining our hearts toward Him each day.