Doing the right thing is wise living. Wise living follows the way of blessing. God said the way of blessing was to obey Him. Conversely, He warned that a cursed life would follow the one who disobeyed Him. I have yet to meet someone who wanted to live a cursed life. Yet, by ignorance or avoidance of God’s word, we head towards destruction. Don’t be fooled by following someone who commits to do what he thinks is right. First, know yourself what is right. Then do it.
Whereas God is the one working in a believer to do what is right, the believer is not an idle bystander. Christians live responding to the spirit of God acting in them. God’s method to progressively change His people is the systematic, intense study of the Bible and the theology which proceeds from it. God’s method is not only a personal one, but He has called His people to grow corporately. Each local church is accountable before God to “teach what is in accordance with sound doctrine.” (Titus 2:1)
The Apostle Paul addressed the barrier to growth in knowing what is right. (2 Timothy) Paul wrote that people would be “lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.”
Paul was describing the visible church corrupted by those who only looked godly; those who sought to “tickle” men’s ears. He gave a timeless answer to the problem. Paul’s answer then was for Timothy to continue in what he learned and firmly believed. Paul reminded Timothy that all scripture was breathed out by God and it’s the scriptures that are able to make the believer “competent and equipped for every good work.” God’s answer remains the same. The visible church is the place to grow in, knowing what is right as she faithfully teaches the scriptures.
May every local church be a place where that which is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely and commendable be taught an applied. And, by God’s grace may Christians will be seen as a people who do what is right for the glory of God.
Rev. Lou Tiscione is pastor of Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA).