Here is a word that we don’t use much in the 21st century, decorum. It means behavior in keeping with good taste and propriety. In this “anything goes” world it seems very few people have a sense of propriety. However, as the “called out ones” we most definitely should.
In our reading, today in 1 Timothy 3, Paul tells his young charge “I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you in case I am delayed, to let you know how people ought to conduct themselves in the household of God, because it is the church of the living God, the support and bulwark of the truth.”
The Greek term translated “household of God” speaks more to the members living in a common unity together than to a building or structure. That’s us, the church and we are to conduct ourselves with purpose, direction, and decorum. Why? First of all because God requires it. Secondly, because this lost world is watching us and we represent Him and the truth of His message.
What the Apostle is addressing is not what hymnal we sing out of, or at what point in the service we take the offertory. He is talking about the relationships that we share as brothers and sisters in Christ. Because if we cannot serve and treat each other with love and respect how will we be able to serve and love the lost?