Let the word of God dwell in you…Bro. David Chancellor
10/8/2006 6:00 PM
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs; singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
We want the word of God to dwell in us richly. We all should desire to lead someone to God. We want the word to dwell in us so that we can lead at least one person to God.
The Spirit is necessary to bring the word of God to others. We need the word dwelling in us so that we can share it with others. We want people to experience the word of God in a greater way at church, a larger group of what they see in us individually.
Wherever a Christian goes, he bears the name of Jesus. Because of this, there are some places a Christian won’t go. If you don’t want others to find you there, you probably wouldn’t want Jesus to find you there either. Wherever we go, we should be able to talk about Jesus there.
There are many things that claim to be Christian that hinder the message of Christ. (For example, in Muslim countries, all the liquor store owners are "Christian".) As we bear the name of Christian, the world is looking on. They need to see a life that is consistent with the message. We need to be careful of our conduct in all areas of our lives. Think about the words you use. We need to be careful how we treat others. Others are watching how you live.
1 Timothy 2:8-10
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array. But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
This applies to both men and women. Tight clothes are unacceptable on both men and women. In our dress, we’re to have a covering. Tight clothes aren’t very covering. Wear clothes that will keep you modest in what you’re doing. Get it long enough and loose enough to keep you covered.
What are you trying to convey by elaborate hairdos and jewelry? Men need to keep their hair short and women need to keep their hair long. Be a plain and simple people. Keep a hairdo consistent with the image you want to present.
Be arrayed with good works. Your life might be your defense. Good works are better than any jewelry or high dollar clothing can be. Costly array isn’t how the saint dresses for success. What does the world see? Think about who you’re advertising for. We want our lives to be consistent in every way with the message we’re carrying.
1 Peter 3:1-9
Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands, that, if any obey not the word: they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives: While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord; whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be no hindered. Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing; but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
The hidden man of the heart needs to be seen by everyone if it is filled with the Holy Spirit. The world needs to see the meek and quiet spirit. The world needs to see a life consistent with the message of holiness. Be consistent at home and out in public. The home needs to be a place where everyone can work together.
Our lives can be way too busy. Our homes should be a place where love is experienced, where we can come together and pray. If the life of holiness isn’t lived at home, your prayers will be hindered. Modesty, appropriate words and behaviors are all important both at home and in public.
When people treat you bad, be courteous back. We can stand up for the right and still be courteous. People need to see that our lives are consistent with what we speak. If it’s inconsistent, we’ll be ineffective.
1 Timothy 5:24-25
Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after. Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.
It’s a needful thing for a person to acknowledge his sin before God and find forgiveness before the judgment. If you wait, you may never be able to find forgiveness.
If you do good and are consistent about it, eventually someone will find out. The good you do can become apparent while you’re still around. If you’re doing the things that aren’t good, people will find out that, too. Be consistent in how you live. When you live a consistent, holy life, it makes it easy to witness. Be faithful to God.