Getting Serious About God in an Amused World
God has explained the pathway to being highly useful to Him in the 24 words of Titus 2. God through His Word says that the second key ingredient is: a chosen way of life He defines as REVERENT.
Are you reverent today? Reverence is a mind and will that has learned to feel the "weight" of God in every part of our life and activities.
The word "glory" as in the "Glory of God", is found in the Old Testament more than 360 times. This Hebrew word translated into English as "glory" is actually the Hebrew word for "heaviness". The God of the Universe is so inexpressibly great; and those who reverence Him feel the weight of His holiness and His glory.
God is looking for believers who will revere Him, reverence Him, and live a life that shows the glory or weightiness of God touching and affecting every part of their life.
God asks men who want to serve Him to be reverent. God wants men who are serious enough about God to do what pleases Him and abstain from what does not please Him. As we see the Word of God is clear, the Lord has revealed His desires, there is no mystery about what he expects. Our God wants us to:
Feel the Weight of His Glory
These verses put the rest of our lives into sharp focus, because God knows how strong the world, the flesh, and the devil can be—He offers his pathway to maximize the rapidly passing days of our lives.
How can godly men keep from wasting the most precious years of life? By grabbing onto the grace-energized changes God wants to make inside of you, so that you will be the man He can use to maximize His Kingdom, purposes and plan for this world!
Titus 2:2 "Teach the older men to be sober, reverent..."
We find the second quality in v.2 which is the word "reverent" (NKJV) "grave" (KJV), "worthy of respect" (NIV), and "dignified" (ESV, NAS). This word communicates the sense of…
GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT GOD IN AN AMUSED WORLD v.2b "reverent" is the word semnous, which means God asks men to Stay Serious About God In An Amused World.
This is a call from God for older men to feel the weight of a Holy God in every part of their lives. These men choose to think deeply about God in an amused, shallow-thinking culture. These men never trivialize what God says is important; and live a life that doesn't ignore God. A reverent man won't laugh at others troubles, nor mock their weaknesses. To reverent men: life is real, pain is serious, and time with people is important.
The long term impact of a reverent life is a habit of never being entertained by sensuality, always being offended by vulgarity, and never treating God's Word superficially.
Reverent men are highly useful to God because they apply on a daily basis the truths of: the brevity of life, the gravity of God's Word, and the reality of eternity.
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