Worship the Lord with reverence and rejoice with trembling.
By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household...
Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.
Albert Schweitzer,* 1952 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, said, 'If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.'
He believed: you're either in or you're out, as in everything or nothing at all, because a divided heart cannot live: 'Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is One! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might' (Deuteronomy 6:4-5).
Here's the thing: if reverence means respect,** and if irreverence respects nothing, then where is our flippant culture heading? In losing our reverence for the Lord, have we lost our respect for life itself? In trash-talking, mocking and complaining, in treating the earth as our garbage can, could we be throwing our futures away?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Noah showed his reverence for God by building an arc when God said so, although it made no sense at the time. Consider some odd steps of your own:
1) Respect God's Order to speak Good News and to love indiscriminately.
2) Respect God's Order to be stewards: cherish and multiply His talents.
3) Respect God's Order to follow Him: to be the church and not hide in church.
4) Respect God's Order to be like kids. Regard life with faith, wonder and awe.
5) Respect God's Order to be all in. Give Him everything you've got, then more.
6) Respect God's Order to be movers. Fence and bench-sitting are not allowed.
7) Respect God's Order to revere Him. Then you'll appreciate everything.
To Be Continued...
* Albert Schweitzer Nobel Biography: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1952/schweitzer-bio.html
** Reverence is defined as a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration. Consider its derivation: Latin (noun, reverentia), meaning awe, respect; Latin (verb, revereri), meaning fear
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment series.