Godliness vs. Worldliness
1. What is Godliness?
2. What makes something Godly instead of any other character?
3. The Bible teaches us to have:
A. Godly Mission
B. Godly prayer
C. Godly submission
D. Godly leadership
E. Godly servant
F. Godly teaching
G. Godly honor
4. Godliness is doing something that is assigned to God’s name.
A. Something is Godly because it manifest God’s name in it.
B. Godliness is a devotion to God which results in a life that is pleasing to Him.
C. The world teaches us to live a life that is devoted to worldliness.
5. Honoring masters. Why? (1Timothy 6:1 KJV)
A. Honoring demonstrates submission to authority that God has established in the earth.
B. God has given us authority figures in our lives as an example, for our well-being, and to teach us how to please God.
6. The masters God has given us include:
D. Government authorities
E. All of these masters teach us how to serve God and how to please Him.
7. Despised not believing masters. (1 Timothy 6: 2 KJV)
A. When we work hard and honor employers and those that have authority over us, it glorifies God.
B. When we do not work hard and are disrespectful to our supervisors, it brings shame to the name of God. (Colossians 3:22-24 KJV)
C. People will judge Christianity and what the Bible teaches based on how we live.
D. Never expect to be treated differently just because your boss is a Christian.
E. You may think: My master is my brother. We are equal. He has not the right, I deserve better than this or others.
F. Our equality in Jesus does not eliminate God’s order of authority.
G. In fact, we should serve with double diligence and cheerfulness because we represent the name of Jesus and live Godly lives.
8. If any man teach otherwise he has a worldly perspective. (1Timothy 6:3-5 KJV)
A. A worldly perspective is: Proud, knowing nothing, interested in controversial questions, disputes about words that lead to envy, strife, verbal abuse, evil suspicions and friction between men who are corrupted in their mind and lack the truth.
B. These men think Godliness is a money-making business or some kind of profit for them.
C. It is possible to not be an active opponent of God’s word and yet be an enemy of it.
D. If we fail to not give the Bible the right place in our life, we oppose it. God’s truth transforms us and grows us when we obey.
E. Some people deny, some ignore, some explain away and some twist God’s word.
F. We could be surrounded by God’s truth and memorize the Bible and yet not let it affect our lives. Why? Because of disobedience.
G. These are the ones Paul teaches Timothy and us to with draw from.
H. But we chose to honor and obey God’s word.
9. Godliness with contentment: (1Timothy 6:6-8 KJV)
A. The revelation of gain is given here. Godliness with contentment is great gain.
B. It is true that material possessions in and of themselves do not corrupt us.
C. We can only find contentment when our hearts are rooted in Godliness.
D. Contentment demonstrates we are living with an eternal perspective, His kingdom.
10. God’s challenged:
A. Assign God’s name to everything that you do.
B. Work smarter and harder at work for God. Show up on time and have a great attitude about everything that you do.
C. Be the best husband that you can be for God. Love your wife, be nice to her, serve her and lay your life down for her, just like Jesus did for you. Find something to complement your wife.
D. Wives be the best that you can be, respect and honor your husband. Tell him how much you appreciate his hard work and all that he does to hold the family together. Find something to complement your husband.
E. Today, make a decision to assign God’s name to everything that you do and be content with what God has given you.
F. “Now Jesus was also saying to the disciples, “There was a certain rich man who had a manager [of his estate], and accusations [against this man] were brought to him, that this man was squandering his [master’s] possessions. 2 So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an accounting of your management [of my affairs], for you can no longer be [my] manager. 3 The manager [of the estate] said to himself, ‘What will I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig [for a living], and I am ashamed to beg. 4 I know what I will do, so that when I am removed from the management, people [who are my master’s debtors] will welcome me into their homes.’ 5 So he summoned his master’s debtors one by one, and he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 He said, ‘A hundred [a]measures of [olive] oil.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred [c]measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8 And his master commended the unjust manager [not for his misdeeds, but] because he had acted shrewdly [by preparing for his future unemployment]; for the sons of this age [the non-believers] are shrewder in relation to their own kind [that is, to the ways of the secular world] than are the sons of light [the believers]. 9 And I tell you [learn from this], make friends for yourselves [for eternity] by means of the [d]wealth of unrighteousness [that is, use material resources as a way to further the work of God], so that when it runs out, they will welcome you into the eternal dwellings. 10 “He who is faithful in a very little thing is also faithful in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little thing is also dishonest in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of earthly wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? 12 And if you have not been faithful in the use of that [earthly wealth] which belongs to another [whether God or man, and of which you are a trustee], who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand devotedly by the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon [that is, your earthly possessions or anything else you trust in and rely on instead of God].” 14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were sneering and ridiculing Him. 15 So He said to them, “You are the ones who declare yourselves just and upright in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts [your thoughts, your desires, your secrets]; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God. (Luke 16:1-15 AMP)