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My Practice is intended to impress onlookers with the
character of the God to Whom they gather.
How can I apply this principle in my life?
How can I demonstrate reverence to God in So yes, the stress should be on an inward
every sphere? The most important area is my attitude of true appreciation and worship for
attitude to God. A sense of Godâ€™s greatness, the awesomeness of God. But it should also
majesty, holiness, and infinity should bow have some visible manifestation in my life.
my soul in awe and wonder. Like Jacob at
Bethel (Gen 28), I will say that the presence It is, however, a principle and not a pre-
of God is â€œawe-full.â€ This attitude of rever- cept. This means you need to work out the
ence within is not something then that I implementing of this in your own life.
adopt for meeting times, but it is an attitude â€œWhite shirts onlyâ€ for Lordâ€™s Day may have
which should mark me all through the week. been the conviction of a former generation,
Reverence for God should control how I read but it need not be your conviction. Tip-
His Word, how I pray, how I treat others, and toeing into the meeting may have been im-
how I manage many other aspects of my life. portant 50 years ago; but to you this is not a
The inward must be right before anything means of displaying reverence. This is not a
else can be adjusted. plea for you to adopt the convictions of a pre-
vious generation. It is, however, a plea for you
Is it enough, however, for me to claim to develop convictions from the Word of
that God sees the reverence of my heart and God about what reverence means. It is feared
it does not matter what I do, how I look, that the rejection of the outward â€œsymbols
what I wear, or how I act? While this may and signsâ€ of reverence of a previous genera-
seem to stress inward reality and sincerity, it tion has resulted in not only the absence of
encounters one insurmountable problem. any similar outward display, but a casual fa-
Every Biblical reference, Old and New miliarity with spiritual things.
Testament, to reverence, was marked by a
visible display of that inward attitude. Practical Applications
Whether bowing in respect or worship, re-
ceiving and acknowledging someoneâ€™s worth What areas of a believerâ€™s life should be
and claims, dress and appearance, or actions, marked by reverence?
the inward attitude of reverence had a corre-
sponding outward display. An attitude is not as invisible as some
would like to claim. It does reveal itself in our
It is the intention of God that the behav- mannerisms, dress, language, and general de-
ior of His people would be a testimony to the portment. When Paul wrote to Timothy
character of the God to Whom they gath- about â€œHouse of Godâ€ conditions, he men-
ered. In the case of Israel, God intended that tioned how â€œone ought to behaveâ€ in the
the behavior of the nation would be a testi- House of God.
mony to the surrounding nations (Deut 4:6-
8), and create in them an awareness of the Does it affect the language I use? While
greatness and the wisdom of God. For local you would never use the Lordâ€™s name in vain,
assemblies, the same truth is seen in the case do you say things which are really minced
of the unlearned believer and the unsaved oaths? Do I address the Lord in prayer with
visitor of 1 Corinthians 14. The character â€œreverence and godly fear?â€ Do I serve Him
and conduct of the gathering of the believers conscious that He is unchanged in His holi-
ness and righteousness? Reverence for God
also influences how I treat those who belong
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