The Preacherís Pulpit                          Dr. Joe Tims

TEXT: 1 Pet 1:13-17

SUBJ: Reverence For God, The Lost Art of The Church

Introduction
Few of us think of ourselves as being outright irreverent . . .but true reverence includes respect, and there are often ways in which our respect for God leaves something to be desired.

Rather than taking God with the utmost seriousness, the temptation is to trifle with Him and His will . . . we wish to serve God on our terms.

We sometimes fail to act in such a way as to create deep respect for God in the minds of others:
 
(Num 20:12 KJV)  "And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them."

God ought to be the most serious concern of our entire life.

There are some things we cannot do and have the right respect for God.

I. WE CANNOT BE INDIFFERENT TO GOD

A. In a "secular" society most people will feel that God simply does not matter.

B. The average person will not see God as a concern.

C. We seem to believe that God is like 911.

D. Useful only in time of emergency.

E. But, in truth, God is:
 
(Heb 12:29 KJV)  "For our God is a consuming fire."

F. We need to see God as Isaiah saw Him:

(Isa 6:1 KJV)  "In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple."

II. WE CANNOT ADJUST GOD TO FIT OURSELVES

A. We try to adjust or fit God to ourselves . . . to "domesticate" God, or "cut Him down to our size."

B. We find God and His will intrusive on our "lifestyle" or an embarrassment before our friends, we try to moderate them and make them convenient or respectable.

(Mark 8:38 KJV)  "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

C. But instead, we need to let God be God, and let ourselves be His creatures.

D. If there are any changes to be made, they need to be made on our part and not on Godís part.

III. WE CANNOT CONFINE GOD TO ONE AREA OF OUR LIFE.

A. We sign a blank contract with God when we obeyed the gospel.

B. We may try to confine God to one compartment of life (the "religious") and keep the others to ourselves (the "secular").

C. There is no area of life where God's will is irrelevant.

IV. WE CANNOT MOCK GOD
 
(Gal 6:7 KJV)  "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

A. Mock = "to treat with ridicule or contempt; deride"

B. We may actually treat God will less respect than we would another human being.

(Mal 1:6-8 KJV)  "A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? {7} Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. {8} And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts."

C. But God will not be insulted or trifled with:

Conclusion:

If God's will matters at all, it is all that matters.

Ultimately, the person will not be able to respect himself who does not truly respect God.

May we:

        1. Think about God more seriously.
        2. Obey His commands more completely.
        3. Be more totally involved in His work.
        4. Give ourselves more sacrificially to Him.

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