We live in a world where we are constantly on the go and are always stating our opinions for the world to hear. Our society loves the on-the-go busy lifestyle in pursuit of the life we always dreamed of as kids. We often do this even in the presence of God. We rush and go to church, say the prayer and read the verse. What God deems as sacred, we have made familiar. As a society, we gain reverence for creation, but lose it with our Creator.
As believers, we are to approach the kingdom of God with reverence. We should have respect for what God deems as sacred. In the book of Ephesians, believers are instructed to, “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people” (Ephesians 5:1-3).
We should live our lives as living sacrifices for the Lord. We are worshiping in spirit and in truth when we do such things. Everything in our lives that we once held as valuable, we should not through the eyes of the Lord. When we value creation and don’t value our Creator, we become desensitized to His plan and start following our own.
We are all sinners who, left to ourselves, will lead ourselves into hell. We need our savior Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. When we behold Jesus and all of His glory and honor, everything else becomes less important. We no longer pray with requests and demands; we just simply enjoy His presence.
The weight of His glory begins to push everything else away. Prayer, worship and even going to church, we approach with reverence. It is not about you! It is about God and what He has done for us.
Instead of coming into His presence with a, “Here I am, God.”, we are to approach His presence with reverence that says, “God, here I am.”
Take time to reflect on how you approach the things God deems sacred. This week, set aside intentional time to spend with God. Don’t just list off your prayer requests for thirty minutes but spend time with Him and allow Him to speak into your life.
Our relationship with God is the most sacred thing in our lives. What we do to grow that relationship needs to be as sacred as well.
Tyler Jones is Student Ministry Pastor at Koinonia Church in Hanford, CA. He can be reached at email@example.com or 559-582-1528.