Now More Than Ever, Show Good Form

Titus 3:8+9

8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that you affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

Matt. 5:14-16

14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

There is a long-standing English phrase we use to denote a certain kind of behavior. If you are exhibiting ‘good form’, you are behaving in a way that society considers proper. The downside of showing good form is that it evolves with societal norms. But there’s a better way: showing good form in accordance with Biblical standards.

The good form concept is illustrated in multiple Scriptural passages referencing good works. I have chosen Titus 3 and Matt. 5 as two examples. They have one thing in common: the one who benefits from good works is not necessarily the Christian who practices it — at least in the context of the two passages — but the lost man who observes it.

We see in the Titus reference that good works are “profitable unto men.” The Matthew reference indicates that the lost world will see our good works and glorify the Father in heaven.

As believers and disciples of Christ, we ought to be living lives of good works for two reasons. First is the simple fact that it’s the right thing to do. Proper behavior becoming of a Christian is one of the things God expects from us.

Second is the reality that that our good works are a testimony to the lost world — a testimony of who God is and what we believe. We are supposed to exemplify what it means to be a child of the King by the lives we lead.

When we show good form from a Biblical standpoint, we are displaying God’s character. It’s as simple as that. And now, more than ever, we need to show good form to a lost world that is coming apart at the seams. We cannot point them the LORD if we are showing bad form. Not only will they not hear, but our bad form will actually drive them away from the truth rather than to it.

You can call it good form or good works. Regardless, live a godly life. They are watching your form.