It’s easy for us to fall into an over-simplified way of characterizing God that is limited to our perspective or fits our personal needs and wants, but we must see God as who He really is—HOLY.
There are really only two responses to the holiness of God: reverence or resentment.
Question: Why would someone react to God’s holiness with resentment?
The appropriate response to the holiness of God is reverence. Pastor Ryan showed us in John 6 three signs that show us when we’ve forgotten His Holiness.
1. My Worship Becomes “Me”-Focused.
“Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.'” (John 6:26)
Evaluating our times of worship based on the quality of the overall experience is an easy trap to fall into.
Question: What does selfless worship look like?
2. I Try to Participate in My Own Salvation.
“‘Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.’ Then they said to him, ‘What must we do, to be doing the works of God?’ Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.'” (John 6:27-29)
Jesus simplifies our “to-do” list for finding favor with God: believe in Him.
Question: As a child of God, how does it make you feel to know that there is nothing you can do to earn or lose salvation?
3. I’ll Lose Heart When I Don’t Understand.
“So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven.’” (John 6:41)
Jesus didn’t come for our convenience, but for our salvation. When things happen that we can’t understand, how will we react to God? When we start to appreciate the holiness of God, we learn to trust Him regardless of what life brings.