[advance to content]
What does it mean to honor others? What does it mean to dishonor others? Honor has been an important cultural concept for thousands of years, and the Bible actually has much to say on the subject. It’s important to understand honor if we are going to share the Good News.
Remember the Old Testament hero of the faith, Moses? When God called him to free the Israelites from their captivity in Egypt, Moses thought surely God had the wrong man. He couldn’t believe that God would ever use him for such a major task. Moses was resistant initially. But eventually, Moses would free the Israelites and lead them to the Promised Land. Moses chose to fear the Lord more than man, and God used Moses to accomplish great things. The Bible says in Proverbs chapter 15, “The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.”
God could have chosen a strong forceful leader who would have done exactly what he asked. But God doesn’t always call the qualified, He qualifies the called. If you are looking for a position of influence or leadership, first ask God for wisdom. And remember that humility comes before honor!
Humility is not weakness, only a correct understanding of how insignificant we are compared to God. And remember what jesus said: “Without me you can do nothing.” He also said “I live in you.” A true understanding of our place in God’s plan will empower us to follow His will and reach our world!
Ross grew up in a Christian home. His parents were not perfect, but they gave Ross their best. They taught him about the Lord and taught him to work hard. But as Ross entered his teenage years, he began to get very disrespectful. He focused on everything he thought his parents were doing wrong. He would talk back and challenge them at every turn. As Ross got older, he continued responding to other authority figures in a similar way. Challenging his coaches, bosses, and elders. This made Ross’s life very rocky and it was hindering his success in many areas of his life.
Did you know that the Bible asks all of us to honor our parents? And not just in the home, but even as adults? St. Paul writes in Ephesians, “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— ‘so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’” Are you rebelliously challenging your parents- and other authority figures?
God may be calling you to change your ways. Even if you disagree with your parents in some areas, it’s important to show them respect. Be sure to respect your parents- God might even use you to reach them for Himself! What an outcome that would be!
We are a light, a daily witness, to the Good News. Because of this we are reminded that Jesus calls us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. A light to families, communities, cities and churches. Every area of our lives is our ministry.