WHERE IS MY HONOUR?
Hey hey All!
I hope you are all well! I’ve missed y’all!
A few weeks ago, I went to church and heard a message that weighed so heavily on me. I just felt that I really needed to share it, and the confirmation was that the title of this post has been ringing in my ears ever since I heard the message. I hope that the same way it got me thinking and wanting to rededicate myself to giving God the honour He is due, it will do the same for you.
The topic and title of the sermon was about honouring God and when thinking about honour/dishonour, I think it’s interesting, that sometimes completely unintentionally, nonchalantly, or even purposefully, we can really dishonour God.
What is honour?
I could get into the dictionary definition and go into the Hebrew and the Greek words and the meanings, but lets skip all of that and say that basically, Honour is Value. What we value, we hold in high esteem, we honour it by treating it carefully. We become very particular about how we, and others, treat what we believe is valuable – essentially, how we treat God, or allow others around us to treat Him, shows how much we value Him…how much we honour Him.
So my first question to you (and myself) is, Is He a cheap H&M top or is He a 60-carat diamond to you? Yes, I know God cannot be compared to anything in this world, but sometimes you just need to put things into perspective.
How do you treat God? Do you treat Him like an obligation on Sunday (go to church, meet Him there, leave Him there and then go on with your week) or do you dedicate everyday to give Him your very best, to treasure Him and exalt Him?
Is He a fleeting or constant thought? Do you push Him to the back of your mind when you want to follow your flesh and His Spirit is convicting yours, or do you submit yourself to His will (which by the way can be easier said than done a lot of the time, so i'm just trying to condemn you here)? Do you set specific time out of your day and dedicate it to Him or do you fit Him in where you ‘can’?
I really try to live by, especially in my spiritual life, this truth: ‘You don’t find time, you make time’ – Although it can be easier said than done in some areas, I’ve found that ‘finding time’ is so passive, you’ll forever be occupied with one thing or another and then look up and realise that the day, week, month, even year has gone and nothing has changed. Nothing in your daily routine has shown that you’re a child of God, nothing shows that you long to know Him, nothing shows that you are trying to honour Him. Whereas ‘Making time’ on the other hand is active, purposeful, and intentional. Intentionally making time for God, actively avoiding what He hates and purposefully pressing into what He loves, are all ways of honouring God.
Ok Lioness, but, practically, in what ways can we honour/dishonour God?
· Words - Are you honouring or dishonouring God with what you say?
· Actions - Are you honouring or dishonouring God with what you do?
· Thoughts - Are you honouring or dishonouring God with what you think?
Are you honouring God with your body? (1 Corinthians 6:12-20)
Are you honouring God by honouring your parents? (Exodus 20:12)
Do you honour authority? (Romans 13:1, Titus 3:1)
Do you honour your church elders? (1 Timothy 5:17)
Do you watch your mouth and your words? (Ephesians 5:4)
Do you watch your thoughts? (Romans 8:5-9)
I truly believe that there is no middle ground. What you do is either honouring or dishonouring Him.And you can chose which one you're going to do..
All in All, God deserves our very best. Our very best. He deserves carved out time dedicated specifically to Him. He deserves our undivided attention. He deserves us not using the same mouth we use to honour Him, to cuss and swear, to gossip and lie. He deserves that we respect those He has chosen to be authority over us. He deserves that we take care of what He has placed in our hands. He deserves that when He tells us to do something, we actually do it. He deserves all the glory. He deserves not to have to compete with all the idols we have stored in our hearts. He deserves our honour. He deserves everything of us - and we must honour God with everything we have.
So, my 'task' for you this month, is to be intentional with your honouring of God. Keep Him at the forefront of your mind, pray about and open your heart to be convicted about the areas of your life that you are dishonouring Him. The Spirit will tell you. Be intentional about how you are treating God. Don’t serve Him the leftovers of your day, don’t offer Him half-hearted worship and sacrifice.
And, I‘ll ask you again next month; Where is His Honour?
Love, Peace and Joy
‘’A son honours his father, And a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honour? And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence?’ Says the Lord of hosts. ‘To you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’ “You offer defiled food on My altar, But say, ‘In what way have we defiled You?’ By saying, ‘The table of the Lord is contemptible.’ And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it then to your governor (your employer, your leader)! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favourably?” Says the Lord of hosts. “But now entreat God’s favour, that He may be gracious to us. While this is being done by your hands, Will He accept you favourably?” Says the Lord of hosts. – Malachi 1:6-9