The subject of “honor” is mentioned 190 times in the Bible, making it a very important truth for us to understand and embrace. Jesus asked the Pharisees this question, “How can ye believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only.” JOHN 5:44. God honors those who understand honor and practice it, starting with honoring God as the Supreme authority in our lives. There is only ONE WAY to honor God and that is to OBEY Him. Today’s church goer doesn’t really believe that obedience is necessary any more since we are “all under grace” and our sins are forgiven past, present and future. The “hyper grace message” that assures one of God’s blessing while still continuing to live in the sin of “willful disobedience” (HEBREWS 10:26) is a catastrophe in the Body of Christ.
Paul told children how to “honor their father and mother” in EPHESIANS 6:1-2, “Children, OBEY your parents in the Lord.” Everyone knows that children who are disobedient and rebellious to parents are also “dishonoring them.” The same holds true for the children of God who are disobedient and rebellious towards Him as their Heavenly Father.
What about believers in relation to the local church spiritual authority of the “eldership/overseers?” Paul again gave clear instructions to believers,
- 1 THESSALONIANS 5:12-13 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.
- 1 TIMOTHY 5:17-18 Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”
- HEBREWS 13:17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
How about “honoring one another” as scripture teaches, ROMANS 12:10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another. Paul also teaches to give honor to everyone deserving of it, in the church and out of church, ROMANS 13:7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
Recently while reading from the life of Elisha in 2 KINGS 4:8-37, I was struck with how honoring the “man of God” released great favor to the woman of Shunem. She was a spiritual woman who “perceived that Elisha was a holy man of God” and determined to treat him accordingly. When we honor those whom God has sent to us, we honor God Himself, JOHN 5:23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. We put ourselves in position for miracles in our lives as we can see from the Shunemite woman’s life.
She told her husband to build a room in their house for the “man of God” so that he would be will provided for in his travels through Shunem. As a result of this extravagant expression of honor, Elisha asked the woman, 2 KINGS 4:13 “Say now to her, ‘Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? In other words, God has seen your show of honor and respect and He is ready to reward it! She was barren at the time and requested a child which was granted. That was the first miracle she received as a result of being an “honoring person.” Then the child had a heatstroke while working with his father and died. The woman ran to Elisha for help and again God responded and raised her son back to life through the prayer of Elisha. I believe more people would see miraculous interventions due to God’s favor in response to how we honor the honorable people in our lives.
I could give testimony of how this has worked for me and my family over the years, and how we have seen God bless in unexpected and supernatural ways those Christians who had a “spirit of honor.” I personally do my “best” to honor people in our church, those in our apostolic network, and my spiritual father. I plan my life around the needs of these people, that is how I honor them. When it comes to our local church, I spend hours in prayer and study for the prophetic word to feed them, I stay available to them at all times regardless of the sacrifice involved. And when it comes to my spiritual father/pastor, I am at his disposal and ready to arrange my own calendar of ministry to support what he is doing. By putting him first, I am honoring the God who sent him to me for my benefit.
I pray that all who read these verses of truth, will examine their own heart in regards to how honorable they are as a church member, network member, father, husband, or employee. God will honor the honorable according to His own power and glory. Seek the honor that comes from God by honoring the people in your life appropriately.