2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The word of God is very clear about what the Father approves. When in doubt about what the Father approves or disapproves, the scriptures should be our “go to manual for reference”. An example is 2 Timothy 2:15. A person who desires to live a godly lifestyle is one who is constantly looking for opportunities to know what the Father approves and do it. In this case, “study”; other translations use the words “be diligent”, “work hard”, “do your best” and more. In spite of the translation used, the outcome is the same “follow a cause that the Father approves”. If the Father approves of it, the implication is that it is an excellent route to follow.
A lifestyle of sacrifice is also approved by the Father. As you take steps to live godly and increase in godliness, sacrifices will be necessary. There will be a need to distinguish yourselves in the midst of people and things. Not associating with everyone, not participating in every activity offered and not consuming everything available or offered to them.
Romans 12:1 (KJV)
I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Daniel distinguished himself by doing likewise. Scriptures records in Daniel 6:3 (NIV)…
Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.
Daniel 1:8 (KJV)
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
Does the Father approve of the things you do, the sacrifices you offer, the lifestyle you have chosen to live, the words you speak? Examine your life and make the changes. Amen!