“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego answered the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to answer you on this point. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up!” (Daniel 3:16-18, NKJV)
Welcome to our month and season of High Regards. When we talk about High Regards, it includes worship, obedience, honour, reverence, etc. But two words that readily encapsulates high regards is, “Even If…” You are saying to the Almighty God that I know you are do the King of kings and with you nothing shall be impossible but even if you choose not to come through for me in whatever situation I am facing you remain God.
“Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.” (Psalm 28:5, KJV)
To have High Regard is to:
- Say Even If—When Shadrach, Mesach and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace, they demonstrated their total commitment to the Almighty God not only in their words but by their actions. It is not only your words but also your actions that shows if you have regard for the Almighty. Imagine the parable of Jesus concerning two sons that a father gave an assignment to (Matthew 21:28-32)
- Be Obedient to the Heavenly Vision—Sometimes doing the will of God can be very tough but I have discovered that it is easier to do the will of God when you totally accept his will. A reason why many are not doing his will is because they have not totally accepted him. They still have some struggles, logic or human wisdom to contend with.
When you totally understand that, “God is always right and he can never be wrong and both the Old Testament and the New Testament makes up the Word God, it becomes easy to do His will. “And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’”
Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.” (Acts 21:10-14, NKJV)
Some have looked at this act of Paul to condemn him but look at how he described it later, “ “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19, NKJV)
- To lay it all down—There is nothing you have that you have not been given and nothing you posses that is not already His. “For who regards you as superior or what sets you apart as special? What do you have that you did not receive [from another]? And if in fact you received it [from God or someone else], why do you boast as if you had not received it [but had gained it by yourself]?” (1 Corinthians 4:7, NKJV)
When you realize that, If He did it before, He can do it again, it will be easy to lay it all down. You will stop having the mentality of, “Get all that you can, can all that you get and then sit on the can.”
“the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and they worship Him who lives forever and ever; and they throw down their crowns before the throne, saying,
“Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they exist, and were created and brought into being.” (Revelation 4:10-11, TAB)
- To know that you are a Steward not Owner—Dr. Mike Murdock once shared a story of when he went out with a lady and the lady brought along her young boy. At the restaurant, he bought some food for the young boy. In his attempt to develop a rapport with the boy he tried to take some of the food and the boy started whining. He tried again by asking but the boy cried some more. He said in his mind, “You little brat, what do I really want with your food. Don’t you realize that I am paying for this.” The boy did not realize that though he is eating the food, he does not own the food (he did not pay for it). He also did not realize that if he can only be of good behavior there is more where that came from. The young boy allowed his belly to control him. Lastly, he did not realize that his behavior was destroying a relationship.
This is the way it is with the Almighty God and us. From the abundance that he has given us, we are supposed to bring a little and we now start to complaining and do arithmetic gymnastics because we know a little bit of accounting and you have forgotten that no matter the accounting that you know, you are still accountable to him.
A faithful steward is faithful because of love. It was recorded concerning the early disciples that, “For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus. He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles.” (Acts 4:36-37, NLT)
Examples of those who realized that they are Stewards not Owners:
Solomon—2 Chronicles 1:6
David—1 Chronicles 21:24
- To give your Utmost for His Highest—All that you can do that is not for show and is pleasing to him is what he delights in. When David welcomed the ark of God back, he gave burnt offering and danced. Even when he was accused of dancing too much he said this is for God that saw me in the wilderness, catapulted me above those more qualified, protected me from King Saul all the time he wanted to kill me, removed the former King, set me upon the throne, anointed me three times so much so in the presence of mine enemies and cause my cup to run over and has also given me an everlasting covenant plus sure mercies of David.
2 Samuel 6:1 2-22
- To Praise Him whatever the situation—You do not have to be in church to praise him. Situations could be contrary that is when you should praise him most. Acts 16: 23-26