“No Fear” printed across t-shirts. Bumper stickers that question authority. Television programs flaunting rebellion. Movies that trivialize God. More drastic signs of rebellion…abortion, physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia. Sadly, these are all signs of our times.
We have gotten so caught up in our need to be in charge, to be the all-knowing one, to protect our needs and comfort above all else, that we have lost sight of the real authority that is worthy of respect and reverance.
Respect, reverence, and fear have become offensive words in our society. A lack of concern or respect for each other or for anyone in authority has led to rebellion, hatred, and even bloodshed. A lack of respect for mankind and other distorted attitudes can be traced to a lack of reverence toward God. To reverence the Lord means to treat God and his message with awe.
What are some ways we can show our respect and reverence to God? Noah did it by persevering in obedience, for 100 years building as ark, even in very difficult circumstances. Joseph and Daniel have great testimonies of revering and respecting God above all things.
Today, begin to put God first in your live…to have regular devotional times with Him…to live your day-to-day lives in a way that honors him. In the activities of your day, today, are you respecting and honoring God’s authority and His instruction for your life? People who don’t know Jesus often judge Him by what they see in His followers. What do they learn about Jesus from your life? What’s on your t-shirt?
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My Father and my Lord, It is my desire and goal to please You in everything I do. I know I have fallen short of this goal. Please help me to consistently live in such a way that others will sense Your love and will honor You and want to know You. Help them see me honor Your way and experience the blessings and fruit it brings me and for them to yearn for You. I pray this and all prayers through your Son and my savior, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.