Respect is earned.
We get it by what we do. We volunteer at a homeless shelter, and we get a nod in the newspaper.
We tack another degree onto our name, and people’s estimation of us jumps a notch.
We get married, have children, and move to an exclusive neighborhood … it all affects the image we present to the world.
How do we sharpen our image before God?
Can we volunteer enough, get enough degrees, or marry into God’s respect?
If those don’t work, what will?
Here are 4 Ways to Sharpen Our Image before God from the book of Deuteronomy.
Our 1st Way to Sharpen Our Image:
Deuteronomy 6:3 says we must study the Bible to understand God’s expectations.
“Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.”
Our 2nd Way to Sharpen Our Image:
Deuteronomy 7:12 says it’s vital to remember what God’s told us in the past.
“And because you listen to these rules and keep and do them, the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant and the steadfast love that he swore to your fathers.”
Our 3rd Way to Sharpen Our Image:
Deuteronomy 29:9 says if we follow what we discover in the Bible, we will find success in our endeavors.
“Therefore keep the words of this covenant and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.”
Our 4th Way to Sharpen Our Image:
Deuteronomy 5:29 says our descendants will benefit from our respect for God’s laws.
“Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever!”
Do you want to move up a notch on God’s respect meter? It’s easy. He’s given us the instructions. We call it the Bible. It is the written Word of the Holy God.
We become closer to God when we adhere to his Word.
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