The operational definition of reverence is “awareness of how God is working through the people and events in my life to produce the character of Christ in me.” In Scripture, reverence for God is often described as the “fear of the Lord” and humble worship. Knowing God inspires a sense of awe in us as we become more aware of His authority, power, and presence. To trust Him, we do not need to understand every situation. We only need to know that God is faithful to His Word and works all things together for His glory. As we lovingly obey Him, He changes us to be like Jesus. A Christian demonstrates reverence as he acts wisely and is careful not to dishonor the Lord’s name. He submits to authority, receives correction, graciously forgives others, and experiences peace because he knows that God is trustworthy and rules over all.
The opposite of reverence is disrespect. Disrespect is rooted in pride and exposes a disregard for God’s authority. When a person rejects God and His commands, he will fail to honor others. Talking back or misbehaving to get one’s own way are expressions of disrespect. The disrespectful person may foolishly think that he is powerful by belittling others or undermining authority. He may complain, roll his eyes, or challenge authorities by saying: “You can’t make me do that” or “I hate your rules!” Disrespect exposes a heart that is fearful and seeking control, lacking the proper fear of the Lord. Because an irreverent person is unwilling to humbly trust God, he fails to see how God is at work. He will not know peace until he submits to God and trusts Him with the people and situations in his life.
- What attributes of God cause me to be in awe of Him?
- Do I realize that God knows everything I think, say, and do?
- What idols in my life steal my time and affection from God?
- Do I treat my body with respect as the temple of the Holy Spirit?
- Would my parents and teachers say that I faithfully obey and honor them?
- Do I respect government authorities as ministers of God for my good?
- Do I trust that God is working through difficult people and situations to refine me for His glory?
- Is there anyone whom I am not treating with respect?
- Does my reverence for Christ include total submission to His plans for my life?
More About Reverence
God enables me to:
Worship only Him.
Stand in awe.
Honor my leaders.
Treat every person with dignity.
Stay under authority.
Refrain from mockery.
Respect those who are different.
Respond with a good attitude.
Remember that He is no respecter of persons.
Reverence in Scripture
The Search for the King
Revealed in Nature
Great Plains Bison
Biblical Character Illustrated Curriculum
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