Bible Ballistics: “BBs”
As we discuss this 4th of our 5 D’s, Decency, (Debt, Diligence, Discernment, Decency, and Dependence) what does it really mean? A big question in our culture.
Decency– “Behavior that conforms to accepted standards of morality or respectability; modesty and propriety”. For our purposes, God’s standard, and Biblical respectability.
To live ready for the return of our Lord, ‘decency’ is imperative. Our behavior is to “conform” to God’s standard. Remember our verse in Romans 12:2,
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
I know we’ve used this verse a lot lately but I think it is one we need to keep before us, as ‘conformity’ seems to be the order of the day for most. And we need to remember we are called to be ‘non-conformist’ to the world’s ways.
1 Cor. 14:40, “Let all things be done decently and in order.”
Simply stated in context this refers to the use of spiritual gifts but it also has a general application to our daily lives. We are to practice ‘decency’ in all that we do, wherever we are, to every one, all the time!!! Small order but a big demand. It means I must think about my actions—all of them —moment by moment, Biblically!!!
And Phil 2:4-5 sums it up, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”
So? Here’s our shot for the day—????? For God so loved!! I must behave with decency and consider the effect on others…. Love always does—God’s love that is!!!
So? Keep looking up. Remember the acrostic
J-Jesus (died for me)
O-Others (need to see HIM)
Y-You (are His messenger to the world)
Simple but profound.