And the Lord God of
their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending;
because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: but they
mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets,
until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy.
2 Chron. 36:15,
Reverence should be shown for God's
representatives--for ministers, teachers, and parents who are called to speak
and act in His stead. In the respect shown to them He is honored.
The education and training of the youth
should be of a character that would exalt sacred things and encourage pure
devotion for God in His house. Many who profess to be children of the heavenly
King have no true appreciation of the sacredness of eternal things. . . .
They are seldom instructed that the
minister is God's ambassador, that the message he brings is one of God's
appointed agencies in the salvation of souls, and that to all who have the
privilege brought within their reach it will be a savor of life unto life or of
death unto death. . . .
Many . . . make the service a subject of
criticism at home, approving a few things and condemning others. . . . In
regard to the service of the sanctuary, if the speaker has a blemish, be afraid
to mention it. Talk only of the good work he is doing, of the good ideas he
presented, which you should heed as coming through God's agent. . . .
Unless correct ideas of true worship and
true reverence are impressed upon the people, there will be a growing tendency
to place the sacred and eternal on a level with common things, and those
professing the truth will be an offense to God and a disgrace to religion. They
can never, with their uncultivated ideas, appreciate a pure and holy heaven,and be prepared to join with the worshipers in the heavenly courts above, where
all is purity and perfection, where every being has perfect reverence for God
and His holiness.
Paul describes the work of God's
ambassadors as that by which every man shall be presented perfect in Christ
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