By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.1 Peter 1:3 (NLT)
One of the best-selling categories of books is the self-help genre. These books promise to give the reader all of the information that they need to attain their greatest desires. Want to become thin overnight? There’s a book that will tell you how. Most likely it will tell you to eat better and exercise more. Want to land that perfect boyfriend or girlfriend? There’s a book that will give you some awesome pick up lines. Want to become a billionaire? There are lots of books about that. Mostly, though, these books help the authors become billionaires while us poor folk scratch our heads and wonder why we aren’t rolling in the cash.
Of course, then there is the more modern invention of life coaches. A life coach is someone that you hire to help you navigate through life. Whether it is romantic advice, career guidance, or just someone to cheer you on, you can rent a coach that will do all of that for you.
In our Christian walk, sometimes we too look for guidance from various sources. We turn to outside help in order to guide us in the ways of being a good Christian. Whether it is a book, blog, vlog, or sermon, we seek wisdom from others on how to live a godly life. Here’s the problem: That’s not biblical.
As Peter, a guy who walked and talked with Jesus, stated, “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.” Our source of information on how to live a godly life must come from God himself.
So, where do we find the knowledge on how to live a godly life? A couple of sources stand out: 1) Prayer. Prayer connects us with God in a holy conversation. 2) A book. However, this isn’t a self-help book. It has all of the knowledge necessary to know God. It’s called the Bible. Both of these sources are infallible. In other words, they can’t lead you wrong.
So today, and every day, spend quality time with God in prayer. Spend time in his book, the Bible. Let God be your life coach. Read His best-seller. You will be blessed.