Living God’s Way
by Tim Leahy
As I talk to people about the chaos in our culture, I ask them one question: “If we lived God’s way would we be living with the chaos in our culture?” The answer is usually no.
Before I share what I mean by “God’s way”, let me define “chaos in our culture”. Chaos in our culture is referring to the political division and anger we have towards one another, the inability to dialog without name-calling, crime, addiction, poverty, homelessness, divorce, broken and dysfunctional families, and the list goes on.
I believe that if we live God’s way, we would see a dramatic decrease in the chaos because of God’s promises that he wants all people to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9), and that He transforms the lives of those who are saved (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ezekiel 36:26; Philippians 1:6; Luke 6:43-45). I also believe it because my life has been transformed and I am not alone. The lives of countless people, communities, and nations have been transformed because of Jesus. The good we see in society is because of those whose lives were transformed.
So, what is God’s way?
God’s ways are revealed to us by Him in His Word (Bible) and they are many. For the sake of the short answer here are the tops ones:
God is love and His commandment is to love others as Jesus loved us (sacrificially and continually). The essence of the command to love is what is referred to as the Great Commandment (Mt. 22:36-40) where Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment in the Law was.
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
As we connect the dots of God’s Word we see that love for God should lead us to love others. If we love others we will not participate in the chaos I mentioned previously. This does not mean that we will not experience bad things, evil exists in our fallen world and no one is immune to this. My point is that as communities live God’s way the chaos decreases. I guarantee that chaos is directly related to godlessness; that there is a direct correlation between chaos and not following God His way.
Jesus also said that love for God is obedience (John 14:15; 1 John 5:1-5). One of the ways God commands us to share His love is by telling others about Jesus and what He did to fix our sin and separation problem with God. This is known as the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
If we live God’s way we should desire to hear from God daily from His Word so that we would learn how to live His way. See “Why Read The Bible?” We would also be pointing people to Jesus and teaching them how to follow Him His way and people’s lives would be transformed (Romans 12:2). Sadly, many professing followers of Jesus do not allow God to speak to them regularly (daily), and they do not share the Gospel. Click here to learn how to share the Gospel.
Another aspect of following God His way is what is known as the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
When we follow God His way we will experience the fruit of the Spirit in proportion to our level of obedience.
In John 15:1-14 Jesus talks about God’s desire that we bear fruit, much fruit, and more fruit. I believe that this is directly connected to the fruit of the Spirit. That as we follow God His way, we will increasingly and abundantly experience the fruit of the Spirit. I believe this because Jesus said that He came to give us life and life abundantly (John 10:10).
There is much more that could be said about living God’s way, but I believe I’ve made my point.
So, do you believe that if we lived God’s way we would be living with the chaos in our culture?
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