Do you ever allow circumstances to dictate your behavior? Do you ever act differently when a certain someone is around? What about picking out something to wear based on who will see you wearing the specially picked out attire? I’m pretty sure all of us, at some point and time have done all of these.
A lot of times doing these sorts of things isn’t a very big deal. Why, just this past week, I had prepared both sermons for Sunday when it dawned on me that Monday is Labor Day. So I totally changed my sermon for Sunday morning so that it would have something to do with the “season of the year.”
But sometimes it can be a big deal. Take, for example our speech. I have been talking with people and, when they find out I am a minister, they feel the need to apologize for the language they have been using. I try to let them know that I’m not the one they need to worry about offending.
Also having to do with speech is gossip. How many times have we heard (or even said), “I really shouldn’t say this but…” If you really shouldn’t say it, then you really should NOT say it!
Take, for example, clothing. The world says style and comfort are what is most important in choosing what clothes to wear. The Bible says modesty should be our primary concern (see 1 Timothy 2:9 as an example).
This starts, by the way, even before we begin to decide what we are going to wear. When we look at the item at the store, our first thought should be, “Is it modest?” Then we can worry about if it is cute or looks good on us, etc.
The bottom line is that we are always in the presence of God. So the way we act, the things we do, the places we go, the words we say, the stories we tell, the clothes we wear should always be appropriate for one who is a child of God.