In Hebrews 12:28 we are told: Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe…
Christians are to offer service with reverence to God… but what does it mean to have reverence for God? Many in church today would say it is to have a deep respect. By definition in a dictionary, that is correct. However, this is God Almighty that I am speaking of. So, I believe it is a bit deeper than that. By that, I would like to give an example:
Let’s say you are looking at a travel catalog… and you come across a picture of the Grand Canyon- “my that’s Grand” you say, and you have a respect for it… so much so, that you want to go and visit this mighty hole in the ground.
As you and your family are approaching the Canyon, and it begins to come into site, and you see the vastness of this hole, it takes your breath away, and your esteem and admiration grows for this natural beauty.
Then, once you are at the Canyon itself, you ask one of your family members to hold your ankles while you hang over the ledge and look into the Grand Canyon… all of a sudden, your reverence for this magnificent beauty just increased significantly.
The reverence we should have towards our Creator should be one that is like hanging over the side of the Grand Canyon! And it will, as we grow closer to Him day by day, through reading His word, prayer, service and fellowship with other believers.
Then you can begin to appreciate what we are told in Proverbs 9:10… The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Amen.