More than Form and Fashion
Who satisfies your mouth with good things… Psalm 103:5a Psalm 37: 3 declares: “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” There, the
In the first half of Psalm 103:4, God redeems us. Then, with only the separation of the pause of a comma, in the second half of the same verse, He crowns us. In other words,
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (1 Corinthians 13:11) What
A form of godliness, but denying the power thereof… (2 Tim 3:5)
Paul predicts that perilous times will come when “men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Even though we could spend all day on any single one of the characterizations in this list, the last one catches our attention. That is, those who have a form of godliness. Unfortunately, it is possible to act like a Christian and not actually be one. You can dress like a Christian. You can go to church like a Christian. You can quote scripture like a Christian. You can master all the outward expected demeanor of a Christian, and yet at the same time, not be truly converted. While it is possible to act like a Christian without being a Christian, it is not possible to be a Christian without acting like one. Hence, maturity in Christ is more than a matter of putting on a false garment of ecclesiastically acceptable behavior. It is a matter of putting on an awesome Christ and then allowing that Christ to grow in you and show through you more and more each day.