AS BECOMETH SAINTS
BY: RAY PRINZING
“That you receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints.” (Rom. 16:2)
There is a manner of behavior which is becoming to, or, worthy of those who are truly His saints, His separated ones. Holiness is a dual work; it is FROM self, and UNTO GOD. Set apart from our own will, and set apart unto His will. If it is His will we desire in all things, then when one comes our way, we will “receive them” in a manner which properly reveals that we accept the will of God in their coming to us. If we are grumpy, uncommunicative, wishing they hadn’t come, etc., such conduct is not worthy, or becoming to one who claims to desire only the will of God, yet will not accept what God does. Thus we see that the proper attitude and action is the result of HIS INWORKING, when He has so purged us of our own will and desires, that we are free to LIVE JOYFULLY IN HIS WILL.
“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ.” (Phil. 1:27) This word “conversation” is from a Greek word that literally means: manner of behaviour. The saying, “actions speak louder than words,” conveys the same idea as Paul gives here. Our manner of behaviour is conveying a message - and it ought to be as that which becometh, is proper to the gospel of Christ. A profession of godliness that is not expressed by a life consistent with our confession is meaningless. Obviously it cannot be a self-wrought expression of piety, “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” For this is a mockery to the truth, and easily discerned by those about us, and we have only “deceived our own selves.” But when our daily living is an expression of HIS LIFE, it is becoming to the truth.
Then it follows, “Speak thou the things which become sound doctrine.” (Titus 2:1) The message which follows a Christ-life will be proper, it is becoming to saints. Speaking forth “the words of life” which we contain within, and which are worked into us by the operations of His Spirit. “Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.”