THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 8-27-17

LESSON TITLE: “CALLED TO BE REVERENT”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES, WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST, RAY SULLINS.

GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM. WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE YOU WITH US THIS MORNING FOR THIS TIME OF OFFERING TO GOD. TOGETHER WE WILL SING SONGS OF PRAISE AND STUDY FROM HIS WORD TO GLORIFY HIS NAME. I HOPE EACH OF US WILL DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME TOGETHER BOTH PROFITABLE FOR OURSELVES AND ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT. NOW LET’S BEGIN BY APPROACHING HIS ALMIGHTY THRONE IN PRAYER.

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE. THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE YOU, TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN. FATHER WE THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT GIFT OF JESUS AND ALL THAT THAT MEANS IN OUR LIFE AND HELP US, THAT WE MIGHT ALWAYS LOOK TO YOU TO FIND THAT STRENGTH THROUGH YOUR SON THAT WE NEED AND AS WELL THAT WE MIGHT LOOK TO YOUR WORD, THAT WE MIGHT KNOW THE PATH TO GO AND TO KNOW WHAT TO DO AND THE DIRECTIONS TO CONTINUE IN. FATHER, HELP US THIS DAY TO IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH, GIVE YOU ALL THAT WE SHOULD ACCORDING TO YOUR PERFECT WILL. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY. AMEN.

THERE ARE MANY THINGS IN THIS LIFE THAT ARE PRECIOUS TO US. FOR MOST OF US, PROBABLY THE MOST SPECIAL THINGS IN OUR LIVES ARE THE RELATIONSHIPS WE SHARE WITH OTHERS WHO WE LOVE AND CARE SO MUCH ABOUT. ESPECIALLY AS HUSBANDS, WIVES, PARENTS, AND GRANDPARENTS. WE ALL ARE CRAZY ABOUT THOSE SPECIAL FAMILY MEMBERS IN OUR LIFE WHO ARE ALWAYS THERE FOR US AND WHO BRIGHTEN OUR DAY. THINK ABOUT HOW SWEET IT IS TO HAVE A HUG FROM THAT LITTLE GIFT FROM GOD, HOW TRULY BLESSED WE ARE IN THIS LIFE. KNOWING THE IMPORTANCE OF ALL OF THESE RELATIONSHIPS, WE SHOULD ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW OUR LIFE AFFECTS THE LIVES OF OTHERS. WE MUST CONSIDER WHETHER WE ARE A POSITIVE INFLUENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS OR NOT. ONE WAY WE CAN BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS IS WHEN WE HAVE GOD ON OUR SIDE AND LIVE FOR HIM. SO, WITH THESE THOUGHTS IN MIND, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE BRETHREN AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “TAKE MY LIFE AND LET IT BE!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

IN ISAIAH 9:2 WE READ, “THE PEOPLE WHO WALKED IN DARKNESS HAVE SEEN A GREAT LIGHT; THOSE WHO DWELT IN THE LAND OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH, UPON THEM A LIGHT HAS SHINED.” HOW INTERESTING IT IS TO FIND HERE THAT EVEN UNDER THE OLD LAW, MANY WERE IN DARKNESS, BUT THEY WERE AWAKENED BY A GREAT LIGHT AND BROUGHT TO THE LORD.

THIS IS THE SAME TERMINOLOGY THAT IS USED THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT. UNDER CHRISTIANITY, WE HAVE ALSO BEEN BROUGHT OUT OF DARKNESS INTO LIGHT, JUST AS WE READ IN 1 JOHN 1:7. THERE IT SAYS, “BUT IF WE WALK IN THE LIGHT AS HE IS IN THE LIGHT, WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH ONE ANOTHER,….” YOU MIGHT ASK THE QUESTION, “BUT WHY MUST WE WALK IN THE LIGHT?” WELL THE SAME TEXT ANSWERS THIS QUESTION, WHERE IN VERSE 5 IT SAYS, “…GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL.” AREN’T WE TO BE LIKE GOD? THUS WE MUST BE OF THE LIGHT, BECAUSE GOD IS LIGHT.

HERE THE LIGHT SIGNIFIES THE PURITY AND GOODNESS OF GOD. IN OTHER WORDS, WE ARE RIGHTEOUS BECAUSE HE IS RIGHTEOUS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE DARKNESS REFERS TO EVIL AND SINFUL THINGS, JUST AS OUR TEXT INDICATES. WE CANNOT BE OF GOD, AND PRACTICE THOSE THINGS OF THE DARKNESS, BECAUSE THERE IS NOT DARKNESS IN GOD! LIKEWISE, IF WE ARE STRIVING TO BE LIKE GOD, THERE WILL BE NO DARKNESS IN US EITHER.

ONE OTHER POINT I WANTED TO BRING OUT IS FOUND IN A VERSE WE EARLIER READ THE FIRST PART OF, VERSE 7. THE LAST PART OF THAT VERSE SAYS, “…AND THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST HIS SON CLEANSES US FROM ALL SIN.” SO, IF WE ARE WALKING IN THE LIGHT AS GOD IS IN THE LIGHT WE NOT ONLY HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH EACH OTHER, BUT WE ALSO HAVE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. HOW WONDERFUL IT IS TO KNOW THAT THE BLOOD OF CHRIST CONTINUALLY CLEANSES US FROM OUR SINS AS LONG AS WE ARE STRIVING TO WALK IN THE LIGHT.

SO THE QUESTION I MUST ASK YOU IS ARE YOU WALKING IN THE LIGHT? NOW IF YOU ARE THEN WHY NOT DO THE REST OF WHAT JESUS TOLD YOU WHEN HE SAID, “LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE BEFORE MEN, THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS AND GLORIFY YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.” MATTHEW 5:16. OTHERS SEE GOD IN US WHEN THEY SEE HIS LIGHT SHINNING THROUGH US! ARE YOU THAT CITY ON A HILL OR ARE YOU HIDING YOUR LIGHT? WON’T YOU CHOOSE TO BE A GREATER LIGHT FOR GOD?

TODAY WE ARE GOING TO AGAIN STUDY A TOPIC FROM THE SERIES “HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON THIS MORNING WILL BE, “CALLED TO BE REVERENT.” SO, PLEASE STAY WITH US AND IN A FEW MINUTES I WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. NOW IT’S TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE DAY, THE NAME OF THE SONG, “STANDING ON THE PROMISES.”

LESSON

RAY SULLINS

GOD IS GREATLY TO BE FEARED IN THE ASSEMBLY OF HIS SAINTS, AND TO BE HELD IN REVERENCE BY ALL THOSE AROUND HIM. HOPEFULLY THOSE THOUGHTS FROM THE BIBLE WILL CHALLENGE US TO BEGIN OUR MAIN DISCUSSION OF THE DAY, AS WE AGAIN CONSIDER WHAT IT REQUIRES TO BE GOD'S HOLY PEOPLE THOSE SPECIAL CHOSEN PEOPLE OF GOD. SO FAR WE'VE LOOKED AT SO MANY ASPECTS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE THAT, REALLY, NOT ONLY ARE BENEFITS TO US BUT HELP US TO BE ABLE TO SHOW OURSELVES WORTHY BEFORE GOD AS THOSE WHO LOVE GOD AND WHO LOVE HIM ENOUGH TO OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS.

YOU MIGHT'VE NOTICED WITHIN OUR TEXT. THERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT ARE SAID THERE IN PSALM 89. FIRST OF ALL, WE SEE THAT GOD IS WORTHY OF FEAR WHY HE'S GOD AND THEREFORE AS HE IS GOD. HE IS SOMEONE WHO IS NOT ONLY CREATED US BUT HE HAS ALL POWER, AUTHORITY AND THE ABILITY REALLY WITHIN HIS HAND TO DETERMINE OUR ETERNAL DESTINY AND SO CERTAINLY GOD IS WORTHY OF THAT RESPECTFUL FEAR. ALSO, HE IS WORTHY OF THAT FEAR OF THAT RESPECT IN THE ASSEMBLY OF THE CHURCH WHEN WE COME TOGETHER AS GOD'S PEOPLE THAT WE STRIVE TO MAKE SURE WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE ASSEMBLED NOT JUST AS GOD'S PEOPLE, BUT WE ARE LITERALLY BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD AND WE COULD PERHAPS MAYBE THINK OF THAT. MAYBE WE WOULDN'T BE SO INTERESTED IN WORSHIP ENTERTAINING US OR WORSHIP BENEFITING US OR WORSHIP BEING SOMETHING THAT IS MORE ABOUT US. BUT WE WILL BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE ASSEMBLED IN THE RESPECT OR FEAR OF AN ALMIGHTY GOD TO DO WHAT? TO WORSHIP, TO PLEASE HIM, TO LIFT HIM UP, AND HIS NAME NOT TO PLEASE OURSELVES.

NOW WITHIN THAT CONTEXT, THEN HE SAYS AND TO BE HELD IN REVERENCE BY ALL THOSE AROUND HIM. THAT'S REALLY OUR DISCUSSION OF THE DAY. WE ARE CALLED AS GOD'S HOLY AND SPECIAL PEOPLE TO BE REVERENT PEOPLE AND GOD HAS ALWAYS REQUIRED THIS OF HIS CHILDREN. IN FACT, WE CAN GO BACK INTO EVERY PERIOD OF THE BIBLE. WE CAN GO BACK INTO THE PATRIARCH PERIOD AND WE CAN FIND THERE THAT REVERENCE WAS REQUIRED AND THAT SO MANY OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS CAME BEFORE GOD. BOW BEFORE GOD, PROSTRATED THEMSELVES BEFORE GOD, AND WORSHIP THEIR GOD IN REFERENCE. THAT IDEA OF HONOR AND RESPECTING HIM IN THE THINGS THEY DID, BUT NOT ONLY THAT BUT EVEN IN THE CONTEXT. FOR INSTANCE OF LEVITICUS CHAPTER 19 VERSE 30 WE SEE THE IDEA THAT THE PEOPLE OF GOD WERE TOLD BY GOD TO REVERENCE HIS SANCTUARY. IN OTHER WORDS, WHEN YOU COME TOGETHER AS MY PEOPLE, WHEN YOU ASSEMBLE AT THE HOLY PLACE, YOU MUST REVERENCE ME. IS THAT NOT TRUE TODAY WHEN WE ASSEMBLE? WE MIGHT BE JUST IN A BUILDING OF THERE ARE MANY RELIGIOUS STRUCTURES TODAY. IT IS CERTAINLY THE STRUCTURES THEMSELVES ARE NOT WHAT IT IS HOLY. THE PEOPLE OF GOD MAKE UP THE CHURCH. THE PEOPLE OF GOD ARE WHAT ARE REQUIRED TO BE HOLY AS GOD IS HOLY. BUT WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES THAT MOMENT REVERENT WHEN WE ASSEMBLE IN THAT BUILDING? WHAT MAKES IT REVERENT IS THAT WE HAVE ASSEMBLED AS GOD'S PEOPLE BEFORE GOD TO REVERE GOD AND, THEREFORE, WHEN WE COME TOGETHER CERTAINLY WE AS WELL SHOULD REFERENCE THE ASSEMBLY SHOULD REFERENCE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GATHER BEFORE THE MIGHTY THRONE OF GOD TO WORSHIP AND TO PRAISE HIM. AND SO, THEREFORE, WHEN DAVID TOLD THE PEOPLE THAT THEY SHOULD REVERENCE HIM AS THEY ASSEMBLED BECAUSE THEY ASSEMBLED TO FEAR GOD AND BEFORE A GOD WHO WAS WORTHY TO BE FEARED. THEN BRETHREN, ALL THAT WE COULD LEARN THE VERY SAME LESSON TODAY UNDER THE TESTAMENT WE SERVE THE SAME GOD. THAT SAME GOD WHO HAS THE SAME POWER. THAT SAME GOD WHO HAS THE SAME ABILITY TO DETERMINE OUR ETERNAL DESTINY. THAT SAME GOD WHO HAS LOVED US ENOUGH TO DO SO MUCH FOR US INCLUDING THE GIVING OF HIS OWN SON TO DIE ON THE CROSS AND TO RESURRECT ON THE THIRD DAY. THAT SAME GOD WHO THEN GIVES US THE CHOICE TO SERVE HIM OR TO REJECT HIM. YOU SEE, WE MUST REVERENCE GOD FOR GOD IS WORTHY OF REVERENCE.

IF YOU WERE TO LOOK UP IN THE DICTIONARY, YOU'LL FIND THE IDEA OF REVERENCE OR TO BE REVERENT IS THE IDEA TO SHOW RESPECT OR HONOR PAID TO A WORTHY OBJECT. THAT CERTAINLY THERE WOULD BE MANY THINGS SOMEONE MIGHT REVERENT ARE SHOWN IN REFERENCE TO BUT HERE OBVIOUSLY FOR OUR PURPOSES WE’RE TALKING ABOUT REVERENCE DISTINCTIVELY IN CONNECTION TO THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD OF ALL. WE MUST THEREFORE REVERENCE GOD. WE MUST THEREFORE SHOW HONOR AND RESPECT TOWARD GOD.

NOW IF YOU WILL TURN WITH ME TO THE NEW TESTAMENT, WE’RE GOING TO SEE THIS WORD IS AS WELL USED A LOT. ONE PLACE I WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN LOOKING AT IS FOUND THERE IN THE BOOK OF TIMOTHY. IF YOU LOOK THERE IN FIRST TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2 IN VERSE TWO, AS TIMOTHY IS BEING TOLD BY PAUL WHAT IT IS THAT HE SHOULD DO AS WELL AS THOSE WHO LOVE GOD, HE SAYS, VERSE TWO OF CHAPTER 2, “FOR KINGS AND ALL WHO ARE IN AUTHORITY, THAT MAY THAT WE MAY LEAD A QUIET AND PEACEABLE LIFE IN ALL GODLINESS AND REVERENCE.” THE VERSE BEFORE TALKS ABOUT HOW THAT WE SHOULD PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE OVER US OR THOSE WHO ARE IN AUTHORITY OR THOSE WHO TEACH US OR THOSE WHO HELP US IN A VARIETY WAYS INCLUDING AUTHORITIES, INCLUDING KINGS AND GOVERNMENT. AND WE DO THAT WHAT YOU MANY OBJECTIVE THAT WE LIVE QUIET AND PEACEABLE LIVES, ULTIMATELY STRIVING TO HAVE LIVES WITH ALL GODLINESS AND ALL REVERENCE, WE SHOULD. THE IDEA OF GODLINESS, WE KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS, GOD IS THAT STANDARD THAT WE STRIVE TO BE LIKE GOD, THAT WE STRIVE TO IMITATE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD. THAT'S WHAT THIS SERIES IS ALL ABOUT, BEING THOSE WHO ARE HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE AND UNIQUE IN EACH AND EVERY WAY. BUT THEN HE SAYS GODLY AND REVERENT OR STRIVING TO HAVE REVERENCE TOWARD GOD AND WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS WORD HERE IS A WORD THAT REALLY INDICATES THE CONCEPT OF AN ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN REVERENT. THAT ONE DOES SOMETHING TO SHOW THAT REVERENCE OF. WE TIE THAT INTO THE ENGLISH DEFINITION WE SAY, ‘WELL REVERENCE IS A RESPECTER, HONOR SHOWN TOWARD A WORTHY OBJECT.’ THEN WHAT WE SEE IS ACTIONS DONE TOWARD A WORTHY OBJECT ACTIONS OF HONOR, ACTIONS OF REVERENCE DONE TOWARD A SPECIFIC OBJECT. AGAIN, IN THIS CASE THAT SPECIFIC OBJECT IS GOD. SHOWING DIGNITY TO GOD, SHOWING OFFERING TO GOD DOING WHATEVER WE CAN TO SHOW HIM WE ARE COMMITTED TO HIM AND THAT WE ARE GOING TO FOLLOW HIM AND THEN WE ARE OBEDIENT TO HIM.

WE CONTINUE TO GO ON THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT WE FIND IN FOR INSTANCE AGAIN IN THE BOOK OF TIMOTHY AND ALSO TITUS THINGS ABOUT ELDERS AND DEACONS. DEACONS ARE TOLD TO BE REVERENT BEFORE GOD. DEACONS’ WIVES ARE, AS WELL, TOLD THERE IN TIMOTHY TO BE REVERENT. WE ALSO SEE THAT OLDER MEN AND WOMEN, IN THE BOOK OF TITUS, ARE TOLD TO LIVE WITH ALL REVERENCE BEFORE GOD. EVEN THE HEBREW WRITER SPEAKS ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE SHOULD BE THOSE WHO COME BEFORE GOD WITH GODLY FEAR AND REVERENCE. WHY? BECAUSE WE ARE PRIVILEGED, WE ARE CALLED TO BE GOD'S PEOPLE AND AS GOD'S PEOPLE. WE ARE TO BE A REVERENT PEOPLE, A PEOPLE WHO IS WILLING TO GIVE OF OUR TIME, OUR ENERGIES OUR EFFORTS OUR WORDS AT ALL THOSE THINGS THAT WE CAN TO SHOW THAT NEEDED RESPECT TO GOD TO SHOW THAT NEEDED OFFERING TO GOD. IS NOT WHAT AGAIN WE FIND THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF THE BIBLE? THOSE WHO WERE BLESSED BY GOD AND THOSE WHO LOVE GOD AND THEREFORE BLESSED. SHOWED TO GOD REVERENCE TO GOD, BUILT ALTARS TO GOD MADE SACRIFICES TO GOD. THEY DID THINGS THAT WERE REQUIRED BY GOD BECAUSE GOD HAD BEEN GOOD TO THEM AND THEY, IN TURN, AS HIS CHILDREN WERE OBEDIENT TO THEIR CREATOR AND REVERENT TO THEIR CREATOR. BUT WE ALSO SEE NOT ONLY IN SUCH CASES LIKE THAT BUT IN THE MOSAIC PERIOD, ISRAEL, AGAIN, HOW MANY TIMES SHOW THAT REVERENCE. NOW OFTEN AT TIMES THEY DIDN'T, BUT I THINK AT TIMES, FOR INSTANCE, IN CONNECTION TO THE EARLY BUILDING OF THE TABERNACLE YOU REMEMBER WHEN THE PEOPLE WERE GETTING, AND THEY WERE EXCITED TO GIVE IN AND THE TABERNACLE WAS BEING BUILT. AND IT WAS JUST BEAUTIFUL AND ORNATE TYPE OF STRUCTURE AND CERTAINLY GOD WAS PLEASED WITH IT. WHY? THEY HAD SHOWN THEIR LOVE TO GOD, AND THEY HAD BEEN REVERENT. THEY HONORED AND RESPECTED HIM WITH THEIR ACTIONS AND THEIR WORDS IN ORDER THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE THAT STRUCTURE TO WORSHIP GOD AND TO SHOW HIM THE PROPER ALLEGIANCE.

WHAT ABOUT YOU AND I? DO WE TODAY NEED TO BE REVERENT? CERTAINLY WE DO. AND WHAT AREAS OF US WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO THINK ABOUT NOW FOR THE REMAINDER OF OUR TIME. WHAT ABOUT IN WORSHIP AS WE'VE ESTABLISHED THROUGHOUT THE DIFFERENT PERIODS OF THE BIBLE. INDIVIDUALS WERE REVERENT, REQUIRED TO BE REVERENT IN WORSHIP. IN FACT, WE KNOW THAT IN JOHN CHAPTER 4 VERSE 24, “GOD IS A SPIRIT, AND THOSE THAT WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.” YOU SEE THERE'S A REQUIREMENT TO BE REVERENT TO GOD THAT THERE IS A CERTAIN WAY TO WORSHIP, CERTAIN WAYS TO WORSHIP, CERTAIN ATTITUDES ESSENTIAL IN WORSHIP, AND THEREFORE FIND TO BE REVERENT. I MUST MAKE SURE THAT I'M SOMEONE WHO IS GOING TO WORSHIP GOD IN THE ASCRIBED WAY.

AGAIN, LOOK AT THAT AS AN EXAMPLE WE CAN GO BACK TO THE OLD TESTAMENT. LET'S SAY THAT, AS THEY WORSHIP GOD, AS THEY CAME TO THE TABERNACLE OF THE TEMPLE, THEY WOULD BRING SACRIFICE. WHAT IF THEY BROUGHT IMPROPER SACRIFICES OR SACRIFICES THAT HAVE SPOT OR BLEMISH? WHAT IF THEY BROUGHT THINGS THAT WERE UNACCEPTABLE? WHAT IF THEY NEGLECTED TO MAKE CERTAIN SACRIFICES? YOU SEE IN THE SAME WAY THAT THEIR WORSHIP TO BE UNACCEPTABLE AND THEY LACKED REVERENCE BEFORE GOD BECAUSE THEY DID NOT TRULY AND FULLY OBEY. WE CAN BE GUILTY OF THE SAME TODAY. WHEN GOD GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASSEMBLE AS HIS PEOPLE AND TO SING SONGS OF PRAISE AND TO BE ABLE TO PRAY BEFORE HIS MIGHTY THRONE, TO BE ABLE TO GIVE OF OUR MEANS PARTAKE OF THE LORD'S SUPPER, AND HEAR THE WORD OF GOD PROCLAIMED WE MUST PARTICIPATE IN ALL OF THESE THINGS AND BE REVERENT IN THEM THAT WE MIGHT SHOW GOD THAT PROPER HONOR AND RESPECT. THAT WE MIGHT DO IT IN A WAY THAT HE HAS COMMANDED. BECAUSE WHEN I CHOOSE NOT TO BE REVERENT IN THE WAY I WORSHIP, GUESS WHAT THE OUTCOME IS? WELL THE OUTCOME IS THAT MY WORSHIP IS VAIN OR UNACCEPTABLE AND IN FACT WE EVEN FIND JESUS DEALING WITH THAT IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 15. TO BRING IN A LITTLE BIT MORE PERSONALLY HOME THOUGH AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS IS NOT ONLY WHEN WE FORMALLY ASSEMBLE FOR WORSHIP. WHAT ABOUT IN OUR DAILY LIVES AS GOD'S PEOPLE, AS GOD'S FOLLOWERS? WHAT ABOUT IN THE WAY THAT WE DRESS? OUR WE REVERENT TO GOD? YOU KNOW, IT'S AMAZING TO ME HOW THAT IN OUR SOCIETY THAT, CERTAINLY, WE SEEM TO GET MORE MORE CASUAL AND THERE'S NOTHING NECESSARILY WRONG WITH BEING CASUAL AT CERTAIN TIMES. BUT THERE ARE STILL TIMES WHEN RESPECT NEEDS TO BE SHOWN AND I'M OFTEN AMAZED AT FUNERALS. WHEN I GO TO MAYBE FUNERALS OR SPECIAL EVENTS OR SITUATIONS LIKE WEDDINGS AT SOMETIMES HOW PEOPLE WILL COME IN ALTHOUGH THEY KNOW OFTEN THE STANDARD IS THAT SOMEONE HAS TAKEN EXTRA TIME TO SHOW HONOR AND RESPECT TO THE DEAD OR TO A SHOW ON RESPECT TO THOSE WHO ARE GETTING MARRIED AND GUESS WHAT HAPPENED? WHAT HAPPENS IS THE SAME ATTITUDE PERMEATES THE LORD'S CHURCH AND PEOPLE BEGAN TO NO LONGER SHOW HONOR, RESPECT IN THE WAY THAT THEY PREPARE THEMSELVES EVEN TO COME AND DO WHAT? REVERENCE GOD. TO APPROACH THE THRONE OF GOD. LET ME SUGGEST THIS. WHAT IF TOMORROW I SAID TO YOU, ‘I'M GOING TO TAKE YOU BEFORE THE VERY THRONE OF GOD ALMIGHTY AND SO GET READY. BE PREPARED.’ WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO PUT ON? NOW SOME PEOPLE COME TO CHURCH IN SHORTS AND T-SHIRTS, THEY WEAR BETTER CLOTHES TO WORK EVERY DAY. THEY WEAR BETTER CLOTHES TO SOCIAL FUNCTIONS OR WHEN THEY GO TO A MOVIE THAN THEY WEAR WHEN THEY COME TO CHURCH. AND YET THEY ARE APPROACHING THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE, THE GIVER OF LIFE, THE ONE WHO AGAIN HOLDS IN HIS HAND THEIR ETERNAL DESTINY AND THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO SHOW RESPECT OR REVERENCE HONOR IN THE WAY THEY DRESS. YOU SEE, I THINK THAT'S WHAT I WOULD HOPE THAT WOULD REALLY HIT HOME AND THAT'S NOT JUST WHEN WE ASSEMBLE BUT GO TO THE MALL, GO OUT IN PUBLIC, HEAD OUT TO WALMART OR TO A GROCERY STORE. AND THE WAY THAT MANY MEN AND WOMEN DRESS IN PUBLIC ARE ANYTHING BUT REVERENT TO GOD OR SHOWING HONOR AND RESPECT TO WHAT GOD DESIRES AS WE ARE TO DO WHAT? SHOW FORTH GODLINESS AND SHOW FORTH REVERANCE IN ALL THINGS. WE READ IN THE BOOK OF TIMOTHY IN ALL THINGS AS WE LIVE PEACEABLY AMONG MEN. AS TIMOTHY SAID AS WAS TOLD BY PAUL THAT WOMEN SHOULD ADORN THEMSELVES IN WAYS THAT WE SHOW FORTH WHAT? GODLINESS. REVERANCE TO GOD BECAUSE WHO DO WE REPRESENT? GOD ALMIGHTY. SO IF YOU ARE DRESSED NOT JUST OUR WORSHIP IN THE WAY WE DRESS, AND WORSHIP ARE EACH AND EVERY DAY OF OUR LIFE THAT WE CAN MOVE ON TO THE OBVIOUS. THAT WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT WHAT ABOUT IN OUR ACTIONS THE THINGS WE DO? KIND OF A NO-BRAINER. WE OFTEN NO LONGER RESPECT OR HONOR REVERENCE GOD IN THE WAY THAT WE ACT NOT JUST WORSHIP AGAIN. BUT OUR DAILY LIVES. THE THINGS WE DO, WHERE WE GO, WHAT WE PARTICIPATE IN AND THE SAME WOULD BE TRUE IN WORDS. WE OFTEN USE LANGUAGE. WE CURSE. WE USE EUPHEMISMS. WE TAKE THE LORD'S NAME IN VAIN. AND YET WE STILL WANT TO CLAIM THAT WE REVERENCE GOD.

MY HOPE IN OUR DISCUSSION TODAY IS THAT MAYBE JUST A LITTLE WAY I MIGHT BE ABLE TO CHALLENGE ALL OF US TO SHOW A GREATER REVERENCE AND HONOR AND RESPECT WHICH GOD IS WORTHY OF THAT WE SHOULD OFFER TO HIM IN ACTION WORDS AND ALL THAT WE DO SO THAT WE MIGHT SHOW HIM HOW MUCH WE TRULY LOVE HIM. BUT AS WELL THAT OTHERS MIGHT BE ABLE TO SEE THAT WE RESPECT GOD IN THE WAY WE DO THINGS IN THE WAY WE SPEAK. BECAUSE ULTIMATELY WE ARE HIS CHILDREN SO AS CHRISTIANS, I MIGHT END BY SAYING HAVE YOU BEEN CALLED TO REVERENCE GOD CERTAINLY BUT WELL YOU AND IF YOU DO KNOW THAT GOD WILL BLESS YOU AND GIVE YOU THE ETERNAL PROMISES THAT AWAIT IN THE HEREAFTER.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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