Living a Godly Life in an Ungodly World

Intro: A teenage Muslim student accepted Christ in Deerborn, Michigan. She eventually took the challenge of being at See You At the Pole. She was the only one who showed up out of her 85% Muslim school. She endured a lot of persecution, even from her own sister who went to the same school.

Doesnít it feel like you are sometimes the only person willing to take a stand for truth? It could be a lonely thing.

Letís face it, living a godly life is not popularóbut itís possible. Not only is it possible to live a godly life but also God expects it from us. There is great motivation for us to live a godly life.

What does it mean to be godly? It means to have a love for the things of God and to walk in the ways of God.

Titus 2:11-14, ďFor the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ďNoĒ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hopeóthe glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.Ē

I. What do we see as our motivation for godliness?

1. Looking back on what Christ did. That is what grace is. Grace is Godís favor to us when we donít deserve it. It comes from his heart that says no strings attached. ďItĒ teaches us to say ďno.Ē

2. Another motivation is looking forward to what Christ will do! The blessed hopeóhis appearing.
ďBut the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.Ē 2Peter 3:10-12

In other words Christís past act and his future coming teaches me that I need to hold on to this. What Christ has done is exactly what I need. I would be a fool to turn my back on this.

How do we live a godly life in an ungodly world?

Letís turn to the pages of Scripture to find some answers..

1. First of all, you need the right perspective

ďHave nothing to do with godless myths and old wivesí tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.Ē 4:7-8

Paul is not downplaying physical exercise. Letís face it we need it. Paul spent about three years in Ephesus where there was a great coliseum in which the Olympic Games were held at times. The coliseum seated 100,000 people, and foot races were often held there. Paulís emphasis on godliness rather than on physical exercise is because the Ephesians were a people given over to games and athletics. We are also