Honor is precious. It should be handled honorably.
John 5:44 – How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
Have you ever been to a meeting, especially where a number of “important” or “notable” people were to be recognized? I have, and I have likewise often been so disappointed by the manner in which those “important” or “notable” individuals were recognized. At times, I have wondered, are we here to learn, to grow, to be motivated and inspired, or are we here to recognize the “great ones” who have lowered themselves to our level and given of their time and energy for a sizeable payday and opportunity to sell their wares? Please don’t misunderstand my questioning. I have had the great privilege of being in the presence of great men; some well-known, some not-so-well-known, but still, great. I have been with some who genuinely pour themselves into others. And even though they were paid for their service, they did not come for money, but for the marvelous opportunity and honor of being trusted by others who want to receive and learn from them, and grow by the insights they share, and even the anointing on their presence.
There is a proper and powerful way to honor such people, and there is a way that speaks of honor, but is only used to apply the force of and receive of the riches that can come with fame. I can tell you that some of the wisest, most powerful people I have ever had invest in my life were not the most educated in the world system. Many were relatively unknown, simple thinking individuals, and at the same time, some of the most profound people one could meet. Great men are not always famous or well-known, and famous or well-known men are not always great. I have been around both, and I must prefer the “great.”
Truly great people are worthy of honor, and likewise worthy of proper “hire,” or proper compensation for the investment of their life. But what is it that truly honors them? Listen to them, learn from them, implement their knowledge and wisdom into your life, be loyal to the truths they espouse, speak well of them, and pass the great truths you learn from them on to those you influence. This concept in true in every arena of life, and just because it works in business, education, domestic, and professional circles does not mean it should not be applied in the church. If anything, it should be applied in the church in an even more determined and excellent manner. Imitate those who through faith and patience have obtained the promises. That, dear one, is the highest form of demonstrating honor to anyone. Oh, and properly demonstrating honor is being truly honorable. Just a thought!
Manna for Today – John 5:30-47; Romans 13:7; Hebrews 6:12; Ephesians 5:1