JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Relationship-Building Principle comes from Acts 2:43.
“Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.”
One of the characteristics of a dynamic church is that the believers worship God with reverence and awe.
We are not meant to just go through the motions of worship, but to offer God a heart of worship.
The miracle of God’s love and the wonders of His grace so captivate us with a sense of gratitude that our joy overflows in praise.
When we consider the depths of pain that Jesus endured for the sake of offering us the riches of His kingdom, how could we not be moved? Hebrews 12:28 says, “Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”
Living in awe and wonder of God’s grace is a vital relationship-building principle to take to heart in the Year of Connection.
JOHN SHIRK – From Leviticus 19:32.
“Rise in the presence of the aged; show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD.”
Out of reverence to God, we are led to respect the elderly and those who are in authority over us. Those who are advanced in years have a wealth of experience and many have gained wisdom through that experience. The book of Proverbs is an example of the voice of experience offering wisdom to the next generation, so that they might grow up to honor the LORD.
Proverbs 1:8 says, “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.”
One way we can show respect for the elderly is to listen to their wisdom and learn from their wisdom. Consider their counsel seriously. The Bible also talks about respecting our church leaders and cooperating with them in service to God.
Respect for the elderly and reverence for God are vital signs of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.