Do we follow a code of conduct when we are in the house of God? Do we wear showy clothes so as to get noticed? Do we clamour for importance? Do we jump queues because we consider only our time to be precious? Or do we prefer to remain far away from the crowd and pray from there? What is our attitude in the house of God? Do we humble ourselves before him or are we indifferent? Do we have a list of things to expect from him in return for our devotion?
The Bible contains some sound advice in this regard from the wise king Solomon.
“Guard your steps when you go to the house of God”, he says, “Go near to listen, rather than to offer sacrifice.”
“Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God.”
“God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.”
“When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.”
“Do not let your mouth lead you into sin.”
“Therefore, fear God.” (Ecclesiastes 5:1-7)
Solomon emphasizes that we must stand in the awe of God. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, he says. (Proverbs 1:7).
And Solomon concludes: “Fear God, and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)