Several times lately, I have heard pastors/speakers say something like, “What has happened to reverence?”
Colossians 3:17; “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Every time we open our mouths, we are harming or glorifying the name of Jesus! Do we believe that? Are we conscious of it when we start to speak? Did we pray about our words and actions before we started our day and then once again as we are about to have a conversation with someone?
We are not just in the presence of the person to whom we are talking. We are in the presence of almighty God. If we do not feel we can respect the person, or the actions of the person with whom we are speaking…can we not reverence the presence and wishes of the Lord our God?
How careless we can be…how arrogant to think that we can speak the way we do at times. We sometimes think it is funny or cute to get crass or careless with our tongue. Yet with a small phrase, even a harshly used word…we can set an unbeliever back on his heels or a young believer off to follow our careless path times ten. James 3:5; “ So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!”
Maybe we each need to review our lack of reverence…for our future, for the sake others and for the One who created us with such care.
Let’s continue to pray that we will see ourselves as He sees us and others as He sees them.
More importantly…let’s pray that we will see Almighty God as who He truly is… so that He will…
Restore our reverence!
Colossians 3:12-17 (ESV) 12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
James 3:4-12 (ESV) 4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.