For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14)
The Four Pillars Of A Good Life
Living as a child of God is the greatest joy man can know. The attractions of the world are all temporary and fleeting with no lasting reward. Satan tempts us with the need to live for the moment caring nothing of tomorrow. Jesus said the majority of people follow the path of least resistance but to what good? None. Salvation in Christ gives a fuller meaning to life with eternal promises of something beyond today. Paul describes four things that can help us find that purposeful life in Christ. Simple, direct and easy to understand.
Pillar One – Live Soberly. A life of sobriety is a life of control. There is direction with purpose in the decisions we make. The antithesis of sobriety is lack of control. Worldly attractions want us to live for the moment with reckless folly disregarding the dire consequences of our actions. People of God live with controlled lives walking according to the plan of the Creator. This is a joyful life because there is order and peace. The will of God is given so that we can find happiness.
Pillar Two – Live Righteously. Here is where we find our moral center. The second pillar of life is establishing what is right and wrong. Who decides what is right and wrong? What I may enjoy as right may not be something others would think is right. You may think what I am doing is wrong but I would think it was right. The challenge of man determining right and wrong is the lack of knowledge. Morality can only be established by the one who has all the right information about everything. What separates God from man is the Lord knows everything; man knows nothing. Living righteous lives is molding our character by what God says is right and wrong. His word measures morality. Live according to His laws and you will find true happiness.
Pillar Three – Live Godly. There can be many ways to define how to live godly but the simple answer is the willingness to accept the authority of God in our lives. Living soberly and righteously will have no impact if we are unwilling to follow the commandments of God. His word is truth. His word is law. His will is my will. There is no fudging the facts or trying to convince the Lord we need to do things our way. What the Lord requires we do. Godly living is living under the will of God. His word is the only truth in my life.
Pillar Four – Live Hopeful. When I establish the first three pillars in my life I find the joy of the fourth. Living soberly, righteously and according to the will of God I know there is something more than this life. Eternal life is when Jesus comes back. Death is not a dark beast of fear but a bridge of joy bringing us to a place we cannot fully understand. The glorious appearing of the Son of God heralds into our lives eternity. Amazing. Wonderful. Hopeful. Living with hope changes our lives in ways hard to explain. But thank God we have that hope.
Sober, Righteous, Godly and Hopeful.