Leviticus 10:3 God Is To Be Honored

Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke of when he said: Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.” Aaron remained silent. Leviticus 10:3

When a person meets with certain high-level people, there are often certain protocols to be followed. There are things that are required to be done and other things that are not be done in order to have the meeting.

All of this is done in order to honor the high-level person being met. If one chooses not to do these things, then the meeting will not occur.

Aaron had two sons that offered unauthorized fire before God and God killed them. Moses said told Aaron that God said that when someone approaches Him, He will be proved holy and honored before all people.

While most people are willing to honor famous people, many of those same people do not show God the same level of honor. Some will act as though God is just their good old buddy and they can do anything they want.

On Sundays when they go to church, many will wear just whatever they want to be comfortable, instead of their best to honor God. During prayers, they talk to God as just the ‘man upstairs’, instead of as God–the creator of the universe and Almighty King.

As a believer grows in God, he should increase in his honor to and for God. It is acceptable for a new believer to act without great honor, but the honor and respect for God should grow on a regular basis.

Honor for God should be seen in the believer both inside and outside the church. The world needs to see that honor and it shows a heart that loves God.

Only you and God can see your heart and life and truly know how you are honoring God. Live your life in such a way that the world will see that you honor God with everything in you.

He is the Creator of everything and has forgiven you of sins and given you eternal life. He is to be the Almighty King of your life. He is worthy of all honor.

Do not let the way you dress, act or speak bring any dishonor to God in any way. How do you honor God today with your life?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will honor God with all that you say and do; that people will see that you honor God with your life; and that God will be pleased with your life.

Tolerance, Externalism and Holiness (book review)

Title: Tolerance, Externalism And Holiness
Author: Blair Adams with Howard Wheeler
Publisher: Colloquium Press
Date: 2009
Pages: 284

Tolerance, Externalism And Holiness (book review)

One of the common terms that is often heard in America is ‘tolerance’. People are told to be tolerant of other people’s beliefs, feelings and thoughts. This is often thrown at believers and is called a crime if one is not ‘tolerant’ of other’s beliefs and actions.

Blair takes a look at what tolerance means in both the world view and in the view of scripture. Using examples from history, both ancient and more modern, Scriptural and non-Scriptural, he points out how the world is demanding tolerance to the point of not having any standards. He uses sources that are both Christian based and secular based. It is shown how the church has chosen to become more like the world and be more tolerant of sin, than what Christ is.

Many will claim (both in the church and outside the church) that believers are being legalistic if they hold to any concrete standard and are not ‘tolerant’ of sinful practices. He takes a look at how scriptures set forth many standards to be holy and what that means to a believer.

One thing he is very quick to point out is that living by a holy standard is not legalistic if done out of love for God, His commands and love for others.

Throughout this book Blair looks at arguments that are often brought against setting rock solid foundations. The two primary areas he looks at are how one dresses and how one keeps his/her hair. There is also a look at sexual practices and beliefs and how those beliefs play into dress and hair.

Although this book is very hard hitting and writes at a higher level for most people, I highly recommend reading it. It will challenge your thinking and beliefs. It will cause you the question what you are seeing in the world today and how the church is currently responding.

Matthew 22:11 The Wrong Clothing

But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. Matthew 22:11

Society has often made it a requirement that when a person attends certain events or places he must dress a certain way. Some high-end restaurants will require a man to wear a suit and tie to eat there. If he does not wear the proper clothing, he will not be allowed to enter.

The more formal the event being attended, the more formal the clothing that is expected to be worn. Some people will attempt to dress down, ignoring the requirement, only to find out that they are rejected entry.

Jesus gave a parable about a king having a wedding and inviting people to it. One man came, but was not dressed appropriately and was cast out.

It is very common for many people to try to ignore the dress requirements. This occurs within the church also, but not with the man-made rules on how to physically dress. Many people go to church improperly dressed. The improper dress in church is going to church without putting on the righteousness and holiness of Christ.

There are those who claim to know Jesus and go to church, but do not even attempt to live a holy life for God. They purposefully live in sin, refusing to change. Sadly many churches ignore the how a person is dressed spiritually.

God does not ignore the spiritual dressing. If a person does not clothe himself with the holiness and righteousness of Christ, God will kick him out in the end. He will not be allowed into heaven at the marriage supper with Christ.

Everyone who considers himself to be a believer must cloth himself with God’s holiness. He must become a new creation, with a new appearance that is suitable to be in the presence of God. Jesus provides the clothing.

Take time to examine your life and see how you are dressed. In yourself, you cannot dress yourself properly, but Jesus made a way. Jesus removes all sin and provides His righteousness and holiness that is needed.

Seek to be like Jesus in every way, so that when you step into the presence of God you will be in the proper clothes. In Jesus you are a new creation with new clothing, not the old person with the shabby clothes of this world. Dress for the occasion.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will put on the holiness and righteousness of Jesus; that you will be a new creation in Christ; and that you will always be dressed to meet with God.