What does it mean to “give honor where honor is due” and is there honor in anything, anymore? Thankfully, the answer is yes! Honor is one of the many attributes of God. In fact, the psalmist wrote, “O Lord my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty” (v. 104:1). So how do we “honor” God?
One way is to do what is honorable. For example, the Bible teaches we are to honor our father and mother. This commandment is considered the first commandment with promise or the blessing of God (see Eph. 6:2).
Another way we honor Him is to acknowledge those in authority over us. Paul wrote, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Rom. 13:1). Giving honor to those in authority is not based on whether or not we agree with their decisions or like who they are.
Moreover, Paul warned that whoever resists authority, opposes the very ordinance of God and brings judgment upon himself (v. 2). The root word for ordinance means thoroughly arrange or institute. In other words, God painstakingly oversees those He places in authority. To disrespect authority is to dishonor God.
The Glory In Honor
In the book of Daniel, Daniel’s prophecy speaks of a great distress which will come upon the earth as has never been seen. God will rescue His people, and the resurrection of those who are dead will take place. Some to everlasting life and others to eternal contempt (see Daniel 12:1). At the end of time, many will go back and forth and search anxiously [through the scroll], and knowledge [of the purpose of God as revealed by His prophets] will [greatly] increase. (see Dan. 12:4, AMP).
There’s never been a time like the time in which we live. God is passionately calling us to pursue a relationship with Him that includes a greater understanding of His Word. As people of God, we must wake up, rise up and become relentless in honoring Him; in our thoughts and through our actions.
How can you believe [in Me], when you [seek and] receive glory and approval from one another, and yet you do not seek the glory and approval which comes from the one and only God? (Jn. 5:44, AMP)
We must be people who are worthy of honor because we give honor where honor is due. Let’s honor God by passionately seeking a deeper and more meaningful relationship with Him. It’s an inside job which requires determination, diligence, and discipline. As with success in any other relationship, the outcome is based entirely upon the input.
How much are you willing to invest?
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