1. Last week, we concluded looking at how to walk with God alone:
a. When we’re alone, we don’t need to be an easy mark for temptation.
b. There are several useful things we can do actually to grow spiritually.
2. We finished up last week considering meditation.
a. This is how we can experience the things we read about.
b. We need to think about what we’re reading: contemplation.
c. And then reflect on our own lives:
1. But as we saw at the beginning, we must walk with God not only when we’re
alone, but also when we’re with others. This opens the door to three other areas:
a. How we should conduct ourselves to God’s glory when we’re around others.
b. How we should conduct ourselves to God’s glory when we’re around the
2. This evening, we’ll look at how we should conduct ourselves around everyone.
a. No matter whom we’re around, our goal should always be to speak and act:
(i) To glorify God: “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they
(ii) To adorn our profession of faith with a godly life: “All who are under the yoke as slaves are to regard their own masters as worthy of all honor so that the name of God andour doctrine will not be spoken against” (1 Tim. 6:1).
(iii) And to try and be a real help to others: “Sitting down, He called the
twelve and said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all
and servant of all” (Mark 9:35).
b. This is why the Lord has placed us in society – we are to be salt and light –
and why He has given us gifts (1 Cor. 12:7-25).
(i) We are to seek to follow Christ’s example of godly service.
(ii) To do this, there are four things we should strive to be: holy, humble,
A. First, strive to be holy. Peter writes, “As obedient children, do not be conformed
to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who
called you, be holy yourselves also in allyour behavior; because it is written, ‘You
shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Pet. 1:14-16).
1. Make sure your heart is filled with love for God and the things of God, so that
2. And then as His child, as His servant, do all in your power to bring glory to
a. Speak and act at all times as one who represents God.
(ii) When you act, act as though you are standing before the Judge, act as
you wish you would have acted if you were standing before God as your
B. Second, since pride will undermine everything you do to glorify God and become
like Christ, strive to humble yourself, both in your own eyes and in the eyes of
others, so that you can give the honor and respect that is due to all. “Honor all
people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king” (1 Pet. 2:17).
1. Submit to those in authority over you and honor them: “Render to all what is
2. Consider those who are your equals as better than yourself and show them
honor: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of
mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do notmer el y look
3. And condescend to love those who are lower than you: “Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation” (Rom. 12:16).
C. Third, having put on these two attributes of holiness and humility, learn to make
the wisest use of the opportunities the Lord gives you around others.
1. Be careful what you say to and about others and what you hear.
a. When you speak, don’t say too much and so betray a brother or sister’s
confidence, and don’t say too little so that you shut others out from things
they need to know.
b. When you listen, don’t believe everything you hear, but on the other hand,
don’t doubt everything you hear.
(i) “The naive believes everything, but the sensible man considers his steps”
became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as
under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those
who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though
not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win
those who are without law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the
weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.
I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker
of it” (1 Cor. 9:19-23).
a. Your goal should be to relate to them as best you can so that you can do them
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?