Test Your Respect
You are standing outside a fancy restaurant and a young man (total stranger) in his late twenties, who is very good-looking, pulls up in a red Maserati. His leggy, female passengers step out in pumps and lip gloss laughing loudly. The attendant grabs his keys for the valet and the three of them, one girl under each arm, walk past you into the restaurant. The smell of expensive cologne and alcohol hit you like a tidal wave.
What can you conclude about this young man? In this day of hasty impressions and false pretenses, that we can draw a quick conclusion and under 30 seconds, make a judgment. We take in the information based on our five senses, what we heard, saw, smelled, touched or tasted of their life.
Now, wait a second Terri.
God gives us these senses as tools so we can make snap judgments. Its’ one of the ways we human beings can protect ourselves. Even in the early days of humanity we had nothing to rely on outside these instinctual protocol tools. For the safety of our clan, our family, our herds or our crops we had to be quick. Do we need to still use them? Yes, definitely! But we must also know how God applies favor or respect, shouldn’t we?
How does God Decide Who Deserves Respect?
What does God look at when making a move to bless or protect? Does he look at how many times we “said” we loved Him, or how many times we promised to read our Bible? Does He look at what He can deduce based on seeing us?
“For there is no respect of persons (status, looks, condition, color, race, prestige, position, promises, power, or pedigree) with God.” Romans 2:11
“But God, I’m a really great believer. I go to church all the time, I know you are merciful and love me. I am a good person.”
When you think about our five senses we are actually outrageously handicap in our ability to see the motivation, intent and thought life of a man or woman. There is no way for us to know that the young man in his twenties with the leggy ladies, was battling cancer and received, as a prize, an extravagant one night on the town with anyone he wanted. He chose his girlfriend and his little sister and he plans to live it up because he’s been diagnosed as a terminal patient.
That’s why God never places any deference, extra blessing, protection or respect upon a person because of who they are. You just can’t be a super star and get God’s attention. Darn it, I guess that counts me out. Lol…
You see it’s actually brilliant the way He does give deference. He knows how limited five-senses judgements are. So how does He, God, the maker of all humanity judge a person? How does He decide who to give out His benevolence? He
We have to meet the conditions. First one is, Romans 10:9-10.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10
There are two steps or conditions here for the human to meet before the incredible gift of salvation can come to pass. They must confess, believe in their heart. That is the condition each of us has to meet. Whoa… So that means anyone of a sound mind who hears these verses and believes on them can be saved, no matter their position in life. The condition in question becomes one of the heart and mind. It’s an inside job folks.
What about God’s money, blessing or protection? There’s a process or condition to meet there as well.
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10
Do you see the condition? Tithing. What a simple one! Ha! Anyone can do this! Even a small child! We make things so complicated in this world but do you see how brilliant and yet how simple and easy this is? When someone does not meet these simple conditions, they simply do not receive the promised blessing. It’s like any procedure we have in this world. We go to the store, we give them our money, we walk away with the items in our cart. It’s simple procedure!
What is does God respect?
Conditions. God is a respecter of conditions because they reveal by “action” what is inside a person’s heart and mind. It’s like being around someone who is all talk and no action. Don’t you know immediately what that person is like? So does God. We can’t just say, God hand over the blessings, I’m your kid and I want it now. We must fulfill the condition.
Think about it from His standpoint.
God has billions of people to work with. How could we comprehend the difficulty of that process? God has a very efficient and effective way of getting blessings and protection to His people. He just watches for whoever fulfills His commands. That tells Him everything. What would He know if you followed this next one?
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” Proverbs 3:5-7
This truth should relieve you. It should bring you great comfort and joy! How easy is it to just trust in Him, just ask Him? The process itself is really very simple.
God bless you today!