Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Titus 2:2 NIV
Under tall spreading trees, a whole pack of dogs heralded his arrival. He strolled casually from his office building towards the main house where his lunch was being served in a circle of chairs on the lawn. His ranch spread out in all directions. He had settled this wild corner of the country and built his farm here despite the dangers and difficulties of Africa. His workers loved and respected him. People from all around the world came to meet him. He was an expert on the flora, the fauna, and the native languages in his area. But there was one beautiful trait grandpa had that made him a highly respected man. What makes us worthy of respect?
A meal did not start on grandpa´s ranch until a prayer had been said. One day a week was set aside from the toils. Songs of praise went up to God. The whole family gathered to worship the Lord. We can spend a lifetime cleaning up and refining our actions. But a humble devotion to God is a most admirable trait. Living a life in grateful adoration of our Creator puts Him in the spotlight and paints a picture of God´s children that is most worthy of respect. Shall we pray that whoever may meet us today will come away with the sensation that we love our God too? Shall we pray that our walk with the Lord is worthy of respect?
Let all men clearly see that it is You we turn to, bow to, and love! Make our faith strong enough to bring respect, we pray!