For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:4-8 ESV)

Godliness is about taking on the character of Christ and obeying his commandments. It is not about making yourself to be something you are not so that you can impress people or God. It’s also not about imposing your will on others to get your way.

I want to learn something new every day and have the opportunity to grow in my faith. I want to apply God’s word by putting it into action even if it means being subject to his correction and discipline. A true disciple is a lifelong learner committed to loving the Father with all his mind, heart, and strength. Having this focus makes me more comfortable in my skin because I begin to care more about his agenda instead of my own. There is no way I can be deceived when I am locked in with his Holy Spirit and Scripture. That is important because I want to remain in his will and under his covering. This is probably how King David felt when he wrote: “The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”

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