January 20, 2021

I Peter 3:15 

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. 

 

On Monday we talked about how, in the context of I Peter 3, revering Christ as Lord is the opposite of living in fear. Today, let’s look at how we go about revering Christ. What strikes me initially is how proactive the word “revere” is. It’s more than a feeling, more than an idea. 

Reverence includes feelings of respect and admiration, and it includes ideas like worth and value. But reverence means that we allow our actions to be influenced and altered by those feelings and ideas. 

Other translations use words like “honor”, “worship”, or “sanctify” in place of the word “revere” in this passage. And indeed, all of those strike at the same point. To give Christ the rightful place as Lord of our hearts requires action, not just agreement. It requires transformation, not just feeling. 

When fear has a foothold in our hearts and minds, it can be incredibly difficult to choose to not act fearful. But the phrase I often told my children (and myself) during times of fear was this:

Courage is not the absence of fear. It’s being afraid, and doing the right thing regardless.

Acting courageously is one way we can revere Christ as Lord. Are you afraid (as I am) for your children’s safety? Don’t let yourself get hyper controlling. Are you afraid for your job? Choose to act like you have all the job security in the world. Confidence and high performance are the best ways to keep a job. I’m not advocating recklessness. But in areas where fear is causing you to live differently than you would like, take courage. Let me close with an exhortation from the book of Jude:

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy — to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!

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