When Father God bestows honor, there is no higher honor.
John 12:26 – If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also My servant be: if any man serve Me, him will My Father honour.
The Word of God is clear in its command to give “honor to whom honor” is due. It likewise says, “Vengeance is Mine, saith the Lord, I will repay.” Now add to this spiritual equation that the Scriptures declare that we are to “owe no man any thing, but to love one another.” From this truly Biblical assimilation of the Word of God’s will we can learn that Father will owe no person any thing, for He is love. From this compendium of revelation we can call forth rejoicing in recognizing the heart, will, purpose, and character of our heavenly Father. And from that it is not difficult at all to realize our need to honor our heavenly Father. And in the honoring of Him, we have promise that coincides with honoring our parents, and that is long life. Oh how sweet the benefits of obedience to the Word.
But let us look further into our Text for Today. Look at these powerful words from the lips of our Messiah Himself. If we serve Jesus, we follow Him so we can be where He is. And if we serve our Lord, thus making ourselves an ever present source of service to Him, our Father will honor us. Read our Text forToday once more; read it slowly; read it for clarity of thought. Imagine the power and majesty of what it says. “Father” will “honor” those who “serve” the Lord. And reading further into the 12th chapter of John adds to the clarity of that statement. Read verse 43. That verse speaks of two kinds of praise; praise from two sources. One was the praise of, or praise from men. The verses before verse 43 speak of people who heard Jesus, believed on Jesus, but would not confess Jesus because they were afraid the synagogue and temple rulers would put them out. They loved the praise of men, praise that came from men MORE than they loved the praise of God, the praise that came from God.
Once again, imagine that. We should never lay aside our responsibility to praise our God, for He is truly worthy of praise. But neither should we lay aside our knowledge and understanding of His great love to and for us; a love so great that when we live, move, and have our being in a manner that honors Jesus, He, the Father, will praise us. Don’t allow someone to cause you to think that such a mindset is unholy, arrogant, self-seeking, or self-centered. IT IS NOT! That is precisely the mind Father wants to be in us. It is called the mind of Christ, and having such a mind, knowing how to live to receive praise from Father, and living out that life is completely pleasing to Him. Prepare yourself, serve the Lord with gladness, and accept that which Father desires to bestow upon you, His praise.
Manna for Today – John 12:20-26; John 12:43; Romans 13:7-8; 1 Corinthians 4:5; Philippians 2:5-9