HONOR FOR HONOR
It is incumbent on all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to honor God. God has specifically stated “Those who honor Me, I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed” (1 Samuel 2:30). Honor means to “recognize with high respect, admiration and distinction,” and our sovereign God is absolutely worthy of our honor. A person who is genuinely saved cannot live independent of the Lord by not honoring Him and in various ways. The apostle Paul writes as follows, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” (1 Corinthians 6:19,20). Note: “your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you.” Honoring God must come from within our hearts if it is genuine, meaningful, and acceptable to God.
John the "Revelator" presents for us the “heavenly scene” where the “living creatures” are worshiping the Eternal God, and he points out that God is worthy of glory and honor and power because He is the Creator of everything and by Him they exist. “The twenty-four elders fall down before Him who is seated on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by your will they existed and were created” (Revelations 4:10,11). Since God is worthy of our devotion and honor, what hinders us from rendering these to Him? Let us consider some ways in which we honor God.
We honor God by obedience to His Word. No Christian can ever hope to please God without obedience to His Word. King David declared, “I have stored up your word in my heart that I may not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). We need the scriptures for guidance and instruction along the spiritual pathway. Paul writes, “All scripture is breathe out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible is inspired and infallible and is the book (unlike any other book) of divine instruction for guidance in a sin-defiled world. “The Bible is the final authority for our faith and what we believe, which God reveals to us through His holy Spirit” (Dr Charles Stanley). God expects us not just to read or hear His word, but it is most important to put in practice what His word testifies and teaches, so that we may be ”doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22).