Updated: Jan 22
Honor is one topic that is not often spoken of in our pulpits due to lack of understanding and also misinterpretation of its relevance to the body of Christ, moreover, in recent times it has been abused to the point of idolatry. Thus it is critical that we understand this for ourselves in order for us not to fall into error.
Let's start by looking at what the word Honor means. As a baseline definition, to honor means to esteem and treat another with respect and regard highly because of who they are and what they have done. There are a number of Scriptures in the Bible that speak about whom we should honor - the paramount one being Honor due to God.
Revelations 4:11 says "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will, they were created and have their being." And the most common one that we all recall is Exodus 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you."
Scripture also refers to giving honor to government officials and those in leadership. 1 Peter 2:17 says Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. We also see that honor must be given to church leaders and elders 1 Timothy 5:17 "Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine." Now that we've established that we are to honor others, what we should not forget is the biblical emphasis on honoring others and that it has everything to do with the biblical command to honor God.
God fashioned human beings in His image and likeness. When we honor others, no matter who they are, we honor God. As we honor God, we increase His esteem in the world and attest to His ultimate value.
Another important reason for us to walk in honor of others is given in a mystery that Jesus reveals to us during his time here on earth.
When we look at the book of Mark we read of an account where Jesus visited his hometown and we see how the people in his town viewed him as no more than the boy they knew when he lived there, others only regarded him as a carpenter they knew, others only saw him as Mary's son and they dishonored him. Due to this dishonor we read how Jesus could not perform any miracles in that town.
Mark 6:1-6 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith"
Child of God, there is a direct relation of honor to the transfer of Kingdom resources, what do I mean by this you may ask. Miracles are a kingdom resource and looking at the aforementioned scripture the moment Honor was not given the resource (miracle) could not flow out of Jesus to the people in his hometown. Dishonor can disqualify you from your breakthrough. This is the reason why Jesus said in Matthew 10:41 "He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward."
On the other side of the coin, we have however seen in recent times the perversion of honor to the point of idolatry; where individuals masquerade to solicit gains from unsuspecting members of the body of Christ, advising them that they are required to honor a particular anointing by offering particular resources. We need to be aware of such wiles of the enemy so that we do not fall trap to his schemes.
It is imperative that we walk circumspectly to the right balance of Kingdom truths, owing to the fact that the moment we tilt the equilibrium we find ourselves walking in lasciviousness and extreme perverseness.
In closing family, give honor where honor is due in accordance to the truth of scripture.
Shalom: Kay King