Titus 1:1, “Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;”
2 Peter 1:3, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.Peter 3:11, “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,”
We have a God full of love, mercy and goodness, because He has done great things for us and best of all we have forgiveness of sin as well as a home in Heaven. We have tasted and seen that the Lord is good.
Of course we live in an ungodly world because we are reminded of that the moment we leave our home or turn of the TV set, however; God has commanded us to seek after or pursue after godliness until He comes, even in this ungodly world.
The word “follow”means “to pursue after,” and if we are going to do that we must know where God is going. We need to think about what our motive or intention is, after we follow.
The simple answer is that we ought to please God as we follow after godliness because as we learn to please God, we will also learn to live a godly life. The reason being that if we love the Lord our desire will be to please Him.
We ought to ask, “does what I am doing please the Lord?” If not, we should have no part in it. Jesus set the example: “I do always those things that please Him.”
Just as Christ lived to please the Father, so we are to please Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:15, “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”
So, we see that pursuing godliness simply means that we pursue pleasing God. What? “That we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
The challenge is to live godly!