Styling

Styling

I was thinking about styles and how much and often they change.

We have experienced the beehive and shag hair styles; double-breasted suits, flapper dresses, mini-skirts, Victorian era dresses, and tie-dyed pants.

Yes, styles come and go; but there is one style that does not change with the current times; that is the style of being godly.

Not necessarily religious…but godly.

Religion is what man has made of the God stuff. Sometimes it is a genuine effort to understand or explain God, but it has also been used as a weapon or tool to keep people under submission. In the hands of man religion can take the form of fear and intimidation; or in ignorance it can be used to judge and condemn. Some also use religion, in hopes that God will like us better.

So what does it mean to be godly?

The term godly means to have god like qualities or attributes; to fear and revere God and to allow this to lead us to acts of kindness to humanity; to live godly is to walk quietly and faithfully before God; to live in His ways.

A wonderful story of godly living is found in the Book of Ruth.

Bible commentators speak of the remarkable faith and devotion that Ruth had for Naomi, and rightly so. But what caused her to be willing to go to a strange land with her mother-in-law? What made her cling to this woman, even over the blood kin  and gods she had back in Moab?

I can’t help but wonder if it wasn’t the influence of Naomi living as a godly woman that so dramatically changed Ruth’s life.

Do not urge me to leave you”, Ruth said. I do not think this was said in the form of a simple request; I hear a passionate plea in her words; possibly even desperation at the thought of losing what she had. Ruth had the opportunity to witness first hand the example of a godly life.

Proverbs 4:18 says,

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

My instructor for the Chaplain course I took shared the following story of a man their church had been praying for.

One day the man came to church…and continued to come for several Sundays. At the close of one of the services this man responded to an invitation to accept Christ as his personal Savior. Later some of the people asked him what finally convinced him to have a relationship with God.

Did he hear something in one of the sermons that stirred him, or was it the words to a particular song that captured his attention?

Quietly he said, “I have been watching one of the ladies in the church; every time I saw her she was faithful and joyful in her relationship with God, and I told myself, “I want what she has.”

Living your life faithfully before God and being joyful in it can inspire others to want this for their own life…especially when times get tough.

A time comes to all of us when we must trust God against all earthly evidence, because at the moment we cannot see the way to go. God promised in Isaiah 42:16;

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”

Ruth wanted what Naomi had. She might not have yet understood it all, but she knew enough…saw enough to know that it was real!

Ever meet someone like that? Someone whose relationship with Father is so genuine, so heartfelt that it stirs you to your very core?

I did. And knowing this person, watching their life, witnessing their own trials and heartaches; and yet seeing their passion for Father through it all; is what started me on my own journey. It started as a quest of sorts, for my purpose was to educate myself about God, in hopes that I would know more about him.

But somewhere along the path I came face to face with the Living God…not just facts and figures…but God Himself. It is a journey that has changed me…and now my relationship with Father is the richest, most precious thing that I have. And all because someone lived a faithful, godly life, which caused me to say to myself, “I want it!”

So you see…the type of relationship you have with God really does show. We can talk a good story, we can say all the right words, but in the face of adversity, what we believe will show through. It will come out in the day to day living of our simple lives.

Daniel 12:3 says,

“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”

By walking faithfully before your God and allowing that faith to show in all things, you really can influence those around you.

Faith and living godly is what we need the most, and neither one will ever go out of style.

Anyways…I was just thinking

 

 

 

 


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