Having a genuine heart toward God, instead of going through the motions outwardly, allowed Jesus to be heard by His Father in heaven. How genuine is your heart today? Here are a few reminders I’m thinking about to develop more reverence and a genuine heart.
We can revere God by refusing to use His name in vain. Many people think this means we are not to use His name in anger or attach it to expletives. But it goes much further than that. To take God’s name in vain literally means to say it meaninglessly and without honor. We revere God when we use His name only to praise Him, proclaim Him as the Savior, or pray to Him. Any other use of His name is abusing His name and not treating it reverently.
We are to treat yourself and others respectfully. We don’t have a temple today because God dwells within the believer. Therefore, because our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, we can revere God by keeping our bodies pure physically, by what we eat and how we treat our bodies, and sexually by giving our bodies only to our spouse within the context of marriage. We can also revere God by treating others as well as we treat ourselves.
We are called to live holy and blameless lives.
To be light and to be set apart, revere God and His Word against the backdrop of a world that doesn’t. Shine brightly as you live carefully, blamelessly, and reverently for Jesus.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews 4:16
Thank you Lord for reminding me daily that You are worthy of all my praise, You are the One whose life I need to imitate, and You are the One who deserves my love, allegiance, and worship.