The foundation of proper and practical Christian living is both gained and maintained by establishing a biblically accurate perspective on God. A high impression of God maintains the majesty and reverence that is due to the Almighty God. The mind of the Christian should be fixed upon the holiness of God while also appreciating the nearness of God that is possible through the “precious” blood of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10:19; I Peter 1:19). An excellent illustration of the awesomeness of God is the metaphor depicting God as a “consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29). The thought of God as a consuming fire should drive the Christian to beg for the grace to serve God “acceptably with reverence and godly fear” (Hebrews 12:28-29).
Similarly, a low view of God renders the worship of the believer to mediocrity. Such a low view deteriorates faithful living as one lacks belief that God has the power or willingness to provide grace to help in the time of need. A low view of God diminishes the greatness of God and magnifies the problems of the life. A poor view of God aborts the worship of God of which He is worthy. A wrong view of God descends the Christian into ungodly and immoral behavior and warps one’s character and conduct. This wrong view is summarized in one word: idolatry. Such idolatry takes place when one makes up their own minds about the attributes of God. Any deviation from the revelation of God as seen in His book and through His Son is the establishment of a false god. One must allow the Word to reveal the true attributes of God.
Such a revelation comes at a price. If you have experienced the fruits of mediocre Christianity in one’s life, then an honest assessment of your walk must commence in order to discover what is truly believed about God. Indeed, belief effects behavior; your perspective of God will undoubtedly determine that way you live. For example, the lost person must see God for who He as the High and Holy God before He will accept the Gospel. The believer will live beholden to the woes of this world so long as a low view of God is maintained. As evidenced by the testimony of the Apostle Paul, his radical conversion took place when he elevated his view of God (Acts 9:3-6). His life grew in conformity to Christ as he pressed “toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14; emphasis added).
Paul challenges each Christ to reflect on these probing interrogatives:
Is there any greater Person to pursue?
Is there any greater book to peruse?
Is the any greater principle to practice?
What allure do passing pleasures have on the Christian whose focus is locked upon the Lord?
What significance do temporal problems have in light of the power of the Eternal One?
Consider the life of one who lived in vanity: Solomon. Some of the most deplorable acts of compromised character resulted from his low view of God. In the closing of Ecclesiastes, Solomon concluded the matter by stating in his own terms the importance of a high view of God: “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” He declared that God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient and that keeping such truths in mind will facilitate both the appropriate attitude of reverence and actions of obedience. This is the whole duty of man. May God give grace as we seek to fulfill that duty.
My Prayer for Today:
You are the Most Holy and Most High God. You are the One who is powerful beyond measure, the Author of wisdom, and the ever-present Help in my time of greatest need. I beseech you for your grace today that I might serve you with reverence and with godly fear. Enlighten me to know wisdom and to apply it properly. Equip me to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Gracious Lord, give me grace that I may know You in accordance with your revelation in your Word. Help me to fulfil my duty and to experience your nearness as I walk in the Spirit today. Help me to live in light of your greatness. Thank you for hearing the voice of my supplication. I praise you and thank you for your goodness to me. I pray that you will fulfill these requests that you may receive glory, honor, and praise for all I do today. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.