Pastor’s Pen: Have you settled?

We’ve been doing a Men’s Bible Study on the topic of godliness. This week we are looking at being holy. The statement is made, “Over time we become what we do.” Isn’t that so true?

If someone tells a lie once we say, “They lied.” If they do it again, “They lied again.” If they continue, “They lie a lot.” But if you hear them lie over and over it will not take long before people will call them a “liar” and “untrustworthy.” No one will believe what they say.

I doubt anyone wants to be called a liar so we settle. We only tell a lie once in a while when we’re in a tight spot and need to “save face”. We do it because we cannot think of an explanation to our child’s question or an excuse to get out of something, or a way to keep from being blamed. It’s quite understandable. Anyone would tell a little fib in those situations.

Anyone? What about Jesus? Would He tell a fib then? As Christians in America we don’t have quite the challenges as Christians in some other countries. A Christian or someone who thinks they are a Christian could go through their entire life without being challenged on their faith. Why? Because we settle.

We settle for some lies instead a life of lies. We settle for church rather than a life dedicated to God. We settle for good instead of godly. We settle for comfort by compromise rather than trusting God. That’s truly the issue. The reason I lie or commit some other sin is simply because I don’t trust God. I don’t believe His Word is true or that He is faithful.

When God says, “Be holy as I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16); He’s not saying to settle for “some” sin. He’s saying don’t give up until there is no sin. Don’t be proud that you’re “not that bad.”

Repent, come to God, and aim to be godly. Aim to “live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (Ephesians 4:1).

It will take a firm commitment and total dependence on God (Psalm 119:33-37).