Bringing Honor Back [pt. 4]
Pastor Phillip O’Reilley
Honor has many facets. Many angles and purposes. To honor means to give value. To honor means to listen and follow the path that God is calling us towards. To honor means to celebrate. To show dignity and esteem. To give credit where it is due.
We do not get to decide who is “worthy” of honor. We are just responsible for giving it out to others. This is where humility lives.
Honor and humility go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other. They are matched for a reason: to combat any pride we may feel when giving honor to others. Being intentionally humble helps us give honor is His name and on His terms, not our own.
“with tender humility and quiet patience, always demonstrate gentleness and generous love toward one another, especially toward those who may try your patience”
When we not only give honor but also remain humble, we are able to love people the way Jesus did. With honor and humility. With grace and patience. With forgiveness and understanding.
We all know how much easier said than done this is. Treating people the way Jesus did is no small feat.
It’s challenging and frustrating and can seem pointless. Maybe it makes it easier to remember that God created all people – not just the ones we agree with, not just the ones we like – and we must honor God’s work – including (especially) His people.
We can live our lives with the idea that each day, in each moment, we are preaching a sermon without words. We preach it by being kind. And gracious. And giving honor. And being humble. And living our very best reflection of the Love that was given to us all.
Our God deserves our highest honor. By creating us and then dying for us – He proved Himself to be the great Love we needed. The very best we can give is to live honorably. And to point everything back to Him by remaining humble. We have a great big God, who has done great big things for His sheep. And when all the honor we can muster goes back to Him, we are promised honor in return.
The honor of being able to sit with Him, with our brothers and sisters, and with a host of angels at The Table. The honor of being welcomed into his beautiful kingdom. The honor of being able to praise His name forever and ever without tiring. The honor of deliverance. And truly, there is no better promise to be had.
“Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying, ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!’