What should a child of God look like? How should he or she dress? How should he or she act around other people?  For the answer, follow me on a trip to Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States.

Several years ago, I was given the privilege of opening the House and Senate in prayer. I was told what I had to wear: a suit and tie. I was also told what to do: walk so many steps, stand in a certain place, and turn a certain direction. The staff member who gave me the instructions told me such and such was the standard decorum for the House and the Senate.

I could have said, “I’m not going to do all of those things because I’m a free citizen. I have the right to do whatever I want.” I would have missed a great opportunity. It only makes sense that if I was to have the privilege of opening the House and Senate in prayer, I would have to do it the way I was told.

You might not realize it, but there’s also decorum in the Christian life. The details for our conduct aren’t as specific as the instructions I was given in Washington, but they’re just as clear. Here’s three examples:

  • “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication.”
    (1 Thessalonians 4:3)
  • “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
    (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
  • “For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.”
    (1 Peter 2:15)

If you claim to be a child of God and you’re going to be spending eternity with Him in Heaven, doesn’t it make sense to live the way He tells you? If you insist on your freedom to do as you please, you’ll miss out on some of the greatest rewards you could imagine.

If our life is not a course of humility, self-denial, renunciation of the world, poverty of spirit, and heavenly affection, we do not live the lives of Christians. — William Law

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder