This verse from Titus 1:1 (NIV) is a powerful call for discipleship:
1Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness—
The connection that is being made between ‘knowledge of the truth’ and ‘godliness’ is stunning.
Meditate on it.
We cannot expect godliness without knowing the truth. It is in the Bible where we find truth.
We cannot expect to be sanctified without direction by what God has communicated in his word.
This may be obvious, but many times we may be lured into thinking that our ‘conscience’ is a fair judge of what is good/bad.
Consider this section on sanctification from 1 Thessalonians (4:1-8):
1Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 2For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honour, 5not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
But this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at my word.
We are born again by the Spirit, and the Spirit guides us as we consciously conform our lives to the revealed Word.