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Adding Piety to Our Endurance

October 17, 2009

praying handsAs we add to our faith, we must be adding piety to our endurance piety. This is simply religiousness. What exactly is this godliness all about? Imagine a nun or priest that spends their time in intense devotion to God. They rise early and go to their prayers. Throughout the day they go about the proper duties of their station, each duty done very carefully and conscientiously to please God and do what is right. Throughout the day certain prayers are said. At other times, certain activities are done, again for the sake of pleasing God. Before the day is over mass is said, the Bible is read, more prayers are spoken and after a very active day of religious activity, the devotee commits himself to the Lord for a night of rest. The motivation for all of this activity is an intense desire to be pleasing to God so that they can enter into heaven when their life is over. Salvation is not earned by our actions, no matter how devoted or sincere they may be. However, because of our wonderful salvation we must be extremely active and devoted. We must be deeply religious, in the fullest sense of the word. We have lost this in many Christian circles today. We have reacted against a false piety, so that now we tend to think little or no piety is best. This passage tells us very clearly otherwise. We have to be adding to the endurance in our Christian walk and what we add is piety. This is not some superficial religiousness for man’s attentions. This is not some fearful working to try to earn our own salvation. This is a great desire to please God in all that we do. Consider Philippians 2:12-13, “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God that worketh in you both do will and to do of His good pleasure.” If we are going to add to our faith Godliness, we need to develop in our life complete obedience to all the things of God. This piety is a disciplining of oneself to perform the duties of a child of God. This includes the basics of religiousness: church attendance, Bible study, prayer, soul winning, disciple making and good works. It also includes obedience to the laws of God that produces a holy life. This piety is a great diligence and devotion to please God in our lives. In 2 Corinthians 5:9 Paul tells believers of his own piety and devotion, “Wherefore we labor that whether present or absent, we may be (pleasing) to Him.” Adding to our faith Godliness, means that in all that we do, everywhere we are, we work to please God.

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