“Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.” John 5:23
Have you met him? You know, the guy that everyone seems to love. He is winsome, intelligent, articulate and just plain fun to be around. Most people would say, “Man, he is just a really good guy.”
Then there is the “other” guy. The guy is a jerk. He treats everyone like dirt and because of it, his life is out of control. Substance abuse, trouble with the law, and fights are just a normal part of his life.
So my question is: Which of these guys needs God more in their life?
Yes, as you probably guessed already, this is a trick question. They both need God.
From a human perspective, if we line up these two guys and judge their behavior, there is no doubt that most would say that the jerk needs God and greater change in his life. However, God does not just look at the behavior…the outward life, He looks at the heart…the inward life (1 Samuel 16:7).
The greatest sin in our life is not based off one certain behavior. The greater sin is how we fail to acknowledge or honor God. This is how even the “good guy” can miss it. John Piper says it like this:
“The true measure of the greatness of sin is not the way it ruins human life, but the way it dishonors God.”
Think about it. Don’t we as guys hate it most when other people show us disrespect? That is why we would prefer to fight guys face to face rather than have people turn their backs on us or ignore us.
So the questions for us are:
- Does my life honor God?
- Have I been ignoring God? Have I turned my back on Him?
Okay, so what do we do?
Talk to God now. Tell Him how you are sorry for ignoring Him without really meaning to. Tell Him your sorry for turning your back on Him when you knew better. Find comfort that through the ages many guys ignored or flat out disrespected Him or people, but because they humbled themselves and turned back to God, He restored them and even used them in great ways. If this is you, He is not mad at you. He is happy to forgive you and glad to have you back home. God welcomes all…good guys and jerks.
Go deeper: John 8:42, 1 John 2:23, Isaiah 53:6 (NIV), Romans 3:10-12, Ecclesiastes 7:20
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