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The professional baseball season has started. Before long, the diamonds at the park near our home will be filled with children learning the game. One of the best ways to learn something is to watch a demonstration. At the baseball field, the coach shows children how to hold the bat, field a ground ball, run the bases and many other skills. Some kids will also watch the pros on television or online and imitate them. Watching an example helps us learn.
If we are to develop godliness, as the bible urges us, we should also study an example. One such example is Cornelius, described in Acts 10:1-2, “At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.” (NIV 1984)
We discover here traits of a godly or devout person. First, he was God-fearing. These words describe someone who regularly participated in Jewish religious observances, though he was not a Jew. Second, he gave generously to the poor. Third, he prayed regularly. And fourth, all his family was devout. Let’s use this list to check our godliness. Do we participate in a worship service each week? Do we give generously to those in need? Do we have a daily prayer life? Do we encourage our family to be devout? That’s what godliness looks like.
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