Today’s Reading: 1 Timothy 3:1-16
Paul told Timothy in 1Timothy 3:15, “I have written so that you will know how people ought to act in God’s household.” While there are right and wrong ways to act when attending church services, Paul is not talking about attendance manners but rather how you and I are to act as part of God’s household – the body of Christ. Stuart Briscoe explains that as a young man he joined the Marines. “Their magnificent dress uniform attracted me, and I thought that I would get one of those uniforms immediately. But they didn’t give me one for months. When I asked about it, they told me, ‘You are a Marine. The moment you walked through the gates, you became a Marine. You are a Marine to stay.’ I said ‘Give me another uniform then.’ They replied, ‘You are not fit to wear one yet. We will have to do something about your back, about your chest, and about your shoulders. We’ll have to teach you how to march, how to walk, how to look like a Marine, and how to behave like a Marine. Then you can wear the uniform.’ I was a Marine the moment I was sworn into that position, but it took me a long, long time to wear the uniform. “I was sanctified the minute that I was washed (in the blood of Christ). But it will take me the rest of my life to learn how to behave in a sanctified way.”
John Wesley was so concerned with building a righteous fellowship that he devised a series of questions for his followers to ask each other every week. Some found this rigorous system of inquiry too demanding and left. Today, the very idea of such a procedure would horrify many churchgoers.
Who holds us responsible for living what we profess? We need accountability in our personal life, our relationships (with God, our spouse, our family, our friends and our work), our attitudes (about the events of life, self, others, money), and our decisions (before and after). It is very important that our accountability be voluntary rather than mandatory because as Zig Ziglar noticed “We don’t live alone. Our actions and deeds affect other people, many of whom we will never know.”