As we go through our day, how often do we think of our conduct? Are you aware of what you are doing or how you are acting? Better yet, are you aware that people are watching you? Unless you are in a room all by yourself, someone is watching you. It’s human nature for us to watch others. I think the common term for it these days is “People watching.” Does this thought make you nervous? It should.
The dictionary defines conduct as: personal behavior; way of acting; bearing or deportment. It is also the same as guidance, action or manners. How do you conduct yourself? In Philippians 1:27 Paul and Timothy are preaching to the Christians in Philippi: “Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”
What does that mean? Paul and Timothy are telling their fellow Christians that they should be mindful of their conduct so that if people are going to talk of their conduct, it will be of good works and will bring their faith to the forefront.
We should strive to be examples to those around us. They should look at us and know that we follow Christ and strive to live a good life. In 1 Timothy 4:12 we are told to be an example in our conduct, love, spirit, faith and purity. When people think of good character and good conduct, they should think of you. They say the biggest form of flattery is impersonation. How great a thing to be someone that people look up to and strive to be like.
Several versus in the New Testament speak of showing good conduct so that others may see you as meek and wise (James 3:13); having your conduct honorable so that people may see whom you serve, and glorify God (1 Peter 2:12); turn away from evil and do good (1 Peter 3:11).
So as you go through your day, remember people are watching. What example are you giving them? “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life (Jude 1:20-21).”
Have a Blessed Day