There is a ton going on in our culture right now that is dishonoring to God. Most of the time on this blog I devote my writing to the sexual immorality that is dishonoring to God, but there are ton of things going on in the world, within American culture, even within American church culture that are dishonoring to God, not just sexual immorality.
The question is this: What would make someone want to live a life that is honoring to God? I think it helps to know these three things:
1. God is Majestic!
2. God is Messiah!
3. God is Master!
God is Majestic:
If I do not understand the Majesty and the Glory of God, then I am going to have a hard time submitting to how He wants me to live my life. His Majesty is described all over the Bible.
- Genesis 1 & 2 – Creation
- Exodus 33 & 34 – God reveals a very small percentage of His Glory to Moses, and Moses shines radiantly!
- Psalm 29 – The breath of God is so strong it snaps the cedars of Lebanon in half!
- Isaiah 6 – God reveals His Holiness to Isaiah and portions of the temple shake!
- Isaiah 40 – God holds the waters of the earth in His hand and measures the Heavens from pinky to thumb!
These are just a few of the passages that show the Power, the Holiness, the Glory, the Majesty of God. This is a God worthy of our praise, our worship, our lives!
God is Messiah:
It is simply amazing to think that the one who is Majestic and Glorious is also the same one who is Messiah. He is the one who rescues us from our sin, from ourselves. Colossians 1 does a great job describing Jesus as Majestic, but it also does a great job describing Him as Messiah. He created all things and sustains all things and holds all things together. The same one who does this is the same one who rescued us from darkness and sin. Through faith in Christ, we are transferred into God’s Kingdom of Light!
God is Master:
The bottom line is this. If God is Majestic and Messiah, then we must let Him master our lives. Let’s take a look at an issue that is dishonoring to God. Since I look at sexual immorality so much, let me go ahead and use homosexuality as an example. I thought I could pick a particular issue that would be non-controversial. Okay so there might have been a little sarcasm there. I chose one that is controversial. For those who know me well, that should come as no surprise.
Anyway, so let’s look at homosexuality. God in His grace has let me connect with two young men that were once participating in a homosexual lifestyle. Christ has rescued and is rescuing these young men from this.
In today’s media driven world we live in, they would tell us that we are defined by our sexuality. In Romans 1 God’s truth says that homosexuality is sin. This is where I have a choice to make. Who is going to master my life? Myself? The culture? If God is Majestic and Messiah, then I have no other choice than to declare Him to be my Master!
These two young men I am working with at one time really believed that they were gay. What decision have they made? They are saying they are not defined by their sexuality. What defines them is that God is the Master of their life, no matter how hard or what it costs. That is pretty incredible on their part.
As we examine our lives today, have we slowed down long enough to just dwell on and think on His Majesty? Have we let Him be our Messiah and surrendered control of our lives to Him? Is He our Master, truly Master of all aspects of our lives?
Let us worship with our whole heart the One who is Majestic, Messiah, and Master!