A few years ago, God began to teach me about honor. It began with a simple lesson.
I had received a personal check in the mail. It wasn’t common as most checks that come to the ministry are for the ministry. For the work of the ministry. Every now and then, perhaps a couple times a year, someone will send me a personal financial gift. Or a small token of their appreciation in form of a gift or book. These gifts always touch the deepest part of my heart. They are unexpected blessings from God!
Just a few days, I received another personal check. A couple weeks later, I received another personal check. I began to say, “okay, God what is going on?” I was overwhelmed!
A few nights later, I was listening to a teaching, the man was talking about mission trips. He shared how they honored people in other countries. He said they gave them gifts to show they were honoring them. It jumped in my spirit, and I felt the Lord was telling me that this is what had happened with me. These wonderful friends were honoring me for what I had sown into their lives by giving me gifts. I was overwhelmed at God’s goodness and the goodness of the people who had honored me. It started me on a path of studying honor a little more in-depth.
1 Timothy 5 tells us to honor those who labor in word and doctrine.
Let the elders who perform the duties of their office well be considered doubly worthy of honor [and of adequate financial support], especially those who labor faithfully in preaching and teaching. (1 Timothy 5:17 Amplified)
God often prompts me to honor those who have sown the word of God into my life. He will speak to me to give them a personal offering. Or to purchase a gift that they will love. I have learned to look for ways to honor people who sow into my life.
To honor means to estimate the value of, to hold dear, to count someone or something as a great price and to revere.
I choose to honor those who teach me the word of God. Those who speak into my life. Who sow into me. Or those who stand firm in faith when me during times of crisis. I know it is what God would have me do.
Honor is often one of the most neglected virtues in the lives of many Christians. It’s sad. I have learned, if we don’t honor those who pour into my lives, God will remove them from our life. God does not want his people dishonored.
It doesn’t matter if the people are great or small, if God has brought them into your life, you are to honor them. I once heard a minister say, “Your future is determined by who you have chosen to honor. You must have a code of honor. Honor is a seed that will outlast a lifetime.”
I believe honor is a seed that will last a lifetime. I believe honor opens doors of favor. Through the years I have learned that dishonor is one of the quickest ways to close the door of favor in our lives.
I also believe that all honor is born out of a heart that is surrendered to the King of Kings.
Jesus Himself said in Mark 6:4, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.”
Familiarity is one stumbling block we must be cautious of when it comes to honoring those in our life.
When we become too familiar with people, we stop seeing the gift of God that is in them. This will lead to dishonor. When I think of the danger of forgetting to honor through familiarity, I think of Kelita Deems.
I work closely with her, we have worked together for several years now. She is a close friend. However, every few weeks, I get a paypal alert letting me know I have received money with a note which simply states, a gift of honor. It is always from Kelita.
We are extremely familiar with one another. Still, she never forgets what I sow into her spiritually. She always honors that part of our relationship. I know if she is doing that for me, she is doing it for others. Today, I am seeing God honor HER, with answered prayer and promotions. God is overwhelming her with His honor. She has sown honor and is now reaping it.
There are things in our lives that God will get to us through our seeds of honoring others. There is no other way we will get them. We reap what we sow – if we honor others, God will honor us.
I think another area we need to watch out for is if those speaking into our life are family. Perhaps your parents are those speaking into your life. Perhaps a family member is your pastor – if so, be sure to honor what they sow into your life spiritually.
It is a principle of God that will not fail. Honor those who are important in your life. Honor those who speak into your life. Honor those who walk with you through rough seasons. Honor those who stand by you when no one else will. Honor those who continue to speak the word to you even when you don’t want to hear it. Honor those to go to God on your behalf and pray until they get an answer. When you do, God will honor you and He will cause men and women to honor you.
Appoint My Days!
While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest will not cease. I have seed in the ground. I sow seeds of love, peace, harmony, forgiveness, compassion, honor and money; and declare that I reap what I sow. I pray to the Lord of Harvest and expect a harvest on every seed sown. I give to the poor, and I know that God will repay me. I sow into the kingdom, for the gospel’s sake, and I expect a hundred-fold return. I am a tither therefore I walk daily, under an open heaven. God makes all grace, every favor and earthly blessing come to me in abundance so that I always, under all circumstances, no matter the need, am self-sufficient, I possess enough to require no aid or support and I am fully furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation.
Gen 8:22, Gal 6:7, Mat 9:38, Proverbs 19:17, Mark 10:30, Mal 3:10, 2 Cor. 9:8