“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “NO” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” (Titus 2:11-12 NIV)
In the days that we live, it is of the utmost importance for us as Christians to live godly lives. The world around us is in a state of perpetual moral decline. If we ever expect anything to change, then that change must start with us. We have to live to a higher standard. We have to practice what we preach. If we don’t, then what makes us different than the world?
We can start by saying “no” to gossiping, “no” to complaining, “no” to destructive behaviors, “no” to sexual immorality, “no” to that questionable tv show, “no” to inappropriate websites, “no” to our pride, and “no” to anything that does not bring glory to God. If we can say “yes” to charity, “yes” to loving our neighbor, “yes” to serving others, “yes” to the joy of the Lord, “yes” to giving God the praise He deserves, and “yes” to God’s will for our lives; then the world will take notice.
There is a saying I’ve heard: “Sometimes our lives are the only bible that others read.” How many people are you leading astray by the life you lead? Are you willing to give an account for misleading those who are watching your life? There are more people watching than you think. We have become dangerously comfortable in the lives we live and most of us have forgotten where we came from and what we were brought out of. If the world is to be won for Christ, then we have to live our lives to a higher standard and show them that what we have is worth living for!