Follow Jesus, Not Fads
What is influencing you today, friends? The culture around us wants us to grow comfortable and complacent. And to compromise on what it means to be holy. We are called to follow Jesus, not fads. And we are called to be different. We are called to be godly. Being godly means being like God. And being ungodly means being godless. When we make ourselves our own god and think we define what is holy and acceptable. Jesus died to free us from sin and to empower us to rise above the flesh. Now that’s a fad worth following.
Bible Reading of the Day: Proverbs 11
Solomon gives us advice today about honesty, humility, riches, godliness versus worldliness. And ultimately we see a comparison between the godly versus the godless or worldliness.
The Godly versus the Ungodly
The godly: The ungodly:
- Honest (v. 3) Dishonest – leads to destruction
- 3, “Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people.”
- 5: “The godly are directed by honesty; the wicked fall beneath their load of sin.”
- 6: “The godliness of good people rescues them; the ambition of treacherous people traps them.”
- The godly are rescued (v. 8) – But the wicked are not.
- The godly are knowledgeable (v. 9) – But the godless destroy their friends.
- People celebrate when the godly succeed (v.10) – and they shout for joy when ungodly die.
- The godly make a city prosper (v. 11) – But the ungodly tear the city apart.
- The godly keeps secrets (v. 12-13). – But the ungodly gossips and slanders.
- The godly person’s kindness rewards them. – But the ungodly person’s cruelty destroys them. (v. 17)
- The godly find life (v. 19) – But the ungodly find death.
- The children of the godly go free (v. 21) – But the ungodly will be punished.
- The godly look forward to reward (v. 23) – But the ungodly expect judgment.
- The godly give freely and become wealthy (v. 24) – But the ungodly are stingy and lose everything.
- The godly are generous and prosper and are refreshed (v. 25) – But the ungodly hoard and never have enough (v. 26)
- The godly flourish (v. 28) – But the ungodly find trouble.
Proverbs 11:29, “Those who bring trouble on their families inherit the wind. The fool will be a servant to the wise.”
Benefits to Being Godly
When we see the benefits of being godly, who would choose to be ungodly? But we don’t realize we choose it daily. In moment by moment with the choices we make.
What Would Jesus Do?
The saying, “What Would Jesus Do?” is a beautiful guide to help us when we are wondering if something is a godly choice or not.
The phrase “What would Jesus do?”, often abbreviated to WWJD,
became popular particularly in the United States in the late 1800s after the widely read book by Charles Sheldon entitled, “In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do.”
The phrase came back in the 1990s and as a personal motto for Christians to remind us of a higher moral authority.
Follow Jesus Not Fads
The culture around us wants us to grow comfortable and complacent. To compromise on what it means to be holy. We are called to follow Jesus, not fads. We are called to be different. Being godly means being like god. Being ungodly means being godless. We make ourselves our own god and think we define what is holy and acceptable.
Scripture of the Day: Proverbs 11:2
“Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
Pride steeps us in shame but humility gives us honor. In humility, we know we don’t know the best thing to follow. When Jesus is our life and we follow Him, life makes sense.
7-Fold One-Year Bible Reading Plan
Day #201: Proverbs 11
Scripture of the Day: Proverbs 11:2
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