There was a time when Christians were referred to as “God fearing people”. There was a sense of reverence, awe, and veneration when you spoke of God or the things of God. People bowed their heads and removed their hats for prayer.
Hearing the Lord’s Name taken in vain still pierced the heart and wasn’t just a line thrown into a television program for dramatic effect. Was the fear of the Lord just something from the “old” days or did it mean something?
The book of Genesis says man was created in God’s image. I wonder if we haven’t returned the favor? Yes John 15:15 says, “I no longer call you servants, but friends”. (Condensed) Friends yes, buddy no. I have “friends” who are very powerful and important people. You might even be impressed that someone like me knows such influential people. Yet, because they consider me a friend and I them, there is a certain respect to be maintained nonetheless.
I’ve seen people with T-Shirts that say, “JESUS IS MY HOMEBOY” or “SALVATION MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER, JUST LIKE BACON”. NO! I don’t think when you see Jesus face to face you’re going to approach Him with a familiar HOMEBOY greeting. Nor do I think you’ll express your grateful heart for salvation by comparing the unparalleled gift of the Incarnation of God, His Death, and gift of Grace in salvation with the yummy taste of BACON.
When Isaiah saw the Lord in Isaiah 6:1-5 he howled out, ““Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
Oh, that’s the Old Testament you say! That’s before grace! Yes, got me there. Let’s look at an after grace New Testament one on One with Jesus. The Apostle John was on the Island of Patmos, (after Grace) and Jesus appeared to him. John didn’t say, “Hang on Homeboy and I’ll put some coffee on”. Nope. Revelation 1:7 says, “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead”. That’s weird huh? That’s never happened to me when I’m “chillin’ wit my homeys”.
Ps 50:21-22 When you did these things and I kept silent, YOU THOUGHT I WAS EXACTLY LIKE YOU… 22 “Consider this, you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue you
How dare we ever forget that we are sinners who exist only as a gift of God’s mercy. We receive each breath as a gift from God and walk this earth only by the expressed will of the Almighty Sovereign and Benefactor.
“I’m not a sinner” you say. “I’m in grace and covered by the blood”. So… you’re saying you don’t sin? If you do sin, even once, that makes you a sinner. Paul said, 1 Tim 1:15 Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I AM chief. Don’t hold your relationship with the Lord in a lax and common way. We are CURRENTLY living IN grace by faith. We better not forget that. 1 John 1:8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is NOT in us.
Let’s think on the Glorious and Omnipotent person of Jesus Christ. He deserves to be magnified and glorified. He is high and lifted up Live in this Word. Keep these thoughts close to your heart and think on them…
1 Tim 6:11-16 Man of God… pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you… 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
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