In his letter to Titus, Paul outlined for his protégé the importance of godliness in the Christian life. But, for many in the church today, godliness appears more like an optional advanced study course than the core curriculum of following after Jesus. Scripture tells us nothing can be further from the Truth.

Every day we are fed messages from this world. Most of us would rather not admit how much we are influenced by secular media and pop culture. We can often quote more television catch phrases than Scripture verses, and our children make role models out of celebrities rather than godly leaders. Paul warns us, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).

When we conform to this world, we begin accepting the belief that whatever the majority is doing or saying or thinking must be right. And as secularism creeps into our thinking, we become more self-focused and self-centered. We become overly concerned with personal happiness. Our prayers no longer seek God’s will, but our own desires. But you and I were saved from God’s wrath for a purpose: to become more like our Savior.

Jesus told His disciples, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful” (John 15:1-2). Our lives in Christ are intended to bear godly fruit.

The work of pursuing godliness is rigorous, and we can’t do it alone. Trust in the Lord, who “works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Philippians 2:13). Study His Word. Pray continually. God wants you to succeed in your pursuit of godliness, and He will not let you down.

Prayer: God, help me to not conform to this world. Give me strength to pursue godliness and to follow Your purpose for my life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“[G]odliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.



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