We live in a society where it is not easy to tell the difference between godly and ungodly people. The church no longer has a standard, believers live a lifestyle that is not biblical, and there appears to be no distinction between the world and the church. The Apostle Paul wrote the following to Pastor Titus in Titus 2:11-14:
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope-the appearing of the glory 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.” (NIV)
Before you can say no to something you need to know what you are saying no to and the reason for saying no. The text states that we should say no to ungodliness and worldly passion. Let me give you a brief definition or explanation of ungodliness and worldly passions. First, ungodlinessis not accepting God or religious doctrine, not conforming to religious tenets, Canon or doctrine. Irreligious and atheist people are considered ungodly. Worldly passion is to have a passion for things, which are prohibited by the Word of God. Read John’s description of worldly things: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” 1 John 2:16 (NASB)
What gift of God did Paul charge Timothy to fan into flame? Those of us of Pentecostal persuasion might say that it was the gift of speaking in Tongues, but that’s questionable because Paul placed less emphasis on spiritual gifts in his latest writings and considered miracles as being more common among unbelievers. I believe that the flame that Paul speaks of in verse 6 is the gift of Eternal Life and the Holy Spirit. A gift is something given to someone free of charge. God surely has given us a gift and the first and greatest gift He has given us is eternal life (salvation). The second gift is the gift of the Holy Spirit.
As believers, we should be looking and waiting for the Lord’s return – I know most preachers don’t preach this anymore. I remember when preachers would stand and preach Christ’s return. However, just because we don’t hear it preached today, does not mean He is not returning. The Bible says, “Just like the days of Noah… people were eating and drinking, [having fun until the rain started!]” (Matthew 24:37-38) The body of Christ, the church, is so caught up in the struggle we call life that we are forgetting that Christ is coming back for His church.
While we wait for his return, we should say no to ungodliness and worldly passions that only isolate us from the Lord. We should also practice a lifestyle that exemplifies self-control, uprightness, and godly living. Perhaps you are thinking that practicing such a lifestyle is tough in these times we are living in. Well, it’s not!
Because Jesus died and was raised from the dead, and He redeemed us by His precious blood, we have the ability to do all things! Jesus will give you the capacity to say NO to ungodliness and worldly passion. If you allow Him to be Lord of your life, He will keep and preserve you until His coming!
Make this the first day you start saying NO to ungodliness and worldly living!