What do we think of when we hear the word “honor”? The meaning of the word honor is “to esteem”, “exalt”, or “pay to worth”. How much are we truly honoring people in our lives? There are four main areas where the Bible distinctly commands us to honor. The first of these areas is Civil. If we look in Romans 13:3-7, Paul tells us how crucial it is to honor-esteem and exalt-those in authority. This is most important because God put those authorities in their positions. (Side thought: The authority was appointed by God, but that does not mean it is Godly authority. In the same way, that does not give us the liberty to dishonor the authorities that lack, themselves, honor for God.) The second facet is Family. Ephesians 6:2-3 commands that we should bring honor to our father and mother, who are the authorities in the family. This is number five of the ten commandments; it comes before do not kill, do not steal, do not commit adultery, do not murder… . Perhaps this commandment is so important to God that it means more to honor your parents then to avoid stealing and even killing. The third and fourth areas are Social, and Church. Check out 1 Thessalonians 5:12. The main point we should marinate on is how we should honor those authorities in our lives, even our peers, or those whose status is below us. We can honor them in the little things: holding doors open for people, giving the waiter at least a fifteen percent tip, tithing… . Romans 12:10 gives us the mandate to be like Jesus and walk in love and humility, honoring others rather than thinking more highly of ourselves. Honor really boils down to obedience. Luke 2:52 talks about Jesus’ obedience, and that with obedience comes growth- in wisdom and stature. Today make it a point to think of ways to honor others. Be intentional. Maybe this involves a phone call to your dad and an apology, maybe this involves cleaning up after your roommate in your dorm room, maybe it even means saying “hi” to the police man you see at Starbucks… . Whatever it is, do it in love and humility. Amen.
This post was written by Kelsey Peters, an August student just enrolled at BCOM. It is apparent that she is a student of the Word, not only in her mind, but also in her heart.
God, teach me how to honor my leadership.