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BEHAVE YOURSELF

1 Timothy 3:15b “I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.”

PROPER CONDUCT

I love the way Paul wrote this.  In verses 1-13 Paul gives instructions about choosing elders and deacons.  He says all of this so they will know how to behave.  Proper conduct is important for Christians.  It is especially important for Christian leaders.

How will the world know we are different if we don’t act different?  I am far from perfect.  I have made and will probably still make a lot of mistakes in my life.  I don’t always live “properly.”  I sin.  I wish it wasn’t true, but it is.  But I know God’s Word will direct me, if I will let it.

TEACHING MOMENT

This is why we must teach our children to live lives that honor God.  We want them to honor the family name and not do anything to bring shame on it.  But how much more important is it that they not bring shame on the name given to them by their Heavenly Father.

That name is “Christian.”  They are a child of the King, if they have asked the Lord into their lives.  While mistakes in life may shame their earthly name, no one is going to lose their salvation over that.  But if we bring shame on God’s name by our lifestyle of sin, we could possibly turn someone away from the Gospel.  That would be tragic.

How’s your conduct?  Do others know you are a follower of Christ?  Do they see you as different?  If not, perhaps you need to take a fresh look at your walk with Him.  Walk in such a way that others will WANT to meet your Jesus.

Forgive me, Father, when I fall short of Your commands.  I do want to please You.  I do want to lead others to Your throne of forgiveness.

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