The Bible is a call to people to live godly lives. Trying to do this in your own strength will only yield frustration and failure. To be godly is to be holy; synonyms include devout, pious, righteous, and good. A godly Christian is a Christ-like individual.

Psalm 24:3-4a says, “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart.” I like what Thomas Watson said, “Godliness puts a man in heaven before his time.” To be godly affects you in this present life and in the life yet to come. “… Godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” (1 Tim. 4:8) To be godly is to put on the wisdom of God as instructed in His Word. We are to take a serious amount of time and thought as to how to do this; study both the principles and the practices of godly people in the Bible. Once a person is born again, he is to be on a search for how he can live a godly life.

Here are six ways a godly Christian is “heavenly good” while he lives out life on this earth.

#1. A godly Christian is known in his choices. – He thinks long range in making decisions because what an individual chooses, this is what he is. Moses chose to be mistreated along with the people of God. Mary chose that “better part.” Learn to zealously pursue the will of God.

#2. A godly Christian is known in his disposition. – His affections are on things above. (Col. 3:2) His heart is focused on heaven, even before he gets there. This present world is nothing compared to the world that is coming, and holy people know the reality of this. This kind of attitude rests in God’s grace every day.

#3. A godly Christian is known in his speech. – Soon after His resurrection, Jesus was speaking on the coming “kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3). We see this also in the newborn sharing the gospel with others. What is in the heart will come out of the mouth.  Godly people make plans according to the will of God (Jas. 4:13-15). The language of heaven is not centered in secular things.

#4. A godly Christian is known in his actions. – “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” As he works out God’s plan now, he is also running a spiritual race and he puts all of his strength into it. Paul said, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:14) Godly individuals pray, fast, study, and watch so that they might obtain.

#5. A godly Christian is known in his hopes. – This is not a man-made hope, but a Spirit-given hope that is not fixed on this present world. “Eye hath not seen” what God has prepared (1 Cor. 2:9). “Thy kingdom come” is the heavenly hope promised by our Savior and this hope comforts us in trials, sufferings, and death. There is a godly discontentment with the things offered in this present world.

#6. A godly Christian is known in his conduct. – Jesus Christ is our Standard of conduct. He was fully heavenly-minded. To be godly and earthly is a contradiction. It is not just what you say but how you live. The prodigal son went into “the far country” to live with pigs, but godly men and women seek “a better country” (Heb. 11:16).

You can never be so heavenly-minded that you are no earthly good, but the very opposite is often true: “You are so earthly-minded that you are no heavenly good.” Determine to be Christ-like in every area of life: choices, disposition, speech, actions, hopes, and conduct.

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”  – Acts 20:24