He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
This verse illustrates honor. It talks about honoring those who are in positions above you, beside you and under you. In all three situations, when you show honor to another, there is a reward.
Honor is the currency, the medium of exchange, of the Kingdom. It’s how you advance the Kingdom of God.
There are people who want to hear from God. But what if God wanted to talk to you through somebody?
Our God is a relational God. He created man to have a relationship with Him. He created mankind to be relational. Our vertical relationship with God will affect our horizontal relationship with man. The quality of our life will be based on the quality of your relationships. Right now, if you’re struggling in your relationships, then you’re probably feeling unhappy about the quality of your life. The enemy works hard to isolate because thats a dangerous place to be. Relationships have importance and value.
God wants to reward our life by the people He puts in our life. But if we don’t show the people in our life honor, we’ll miss the reward.
Luke 6:38 says that whatever you sow into your relationships, that what you’re going to reap. God will bring the harvest of what you sow back to you through relationships. He will work through people to enrich and bless you. If you think you don’t need anyone, you’ll cut off all the avenues that God could use to bless you.
The new testament prophet is the expounder of God’s Word. Jesus is saying in Matthew 10 that if you honor the prophet, the teacher of His Word, there is a reward to be gained. If you say you don’t need church, you’ll miss the reward that could have been had.
Ask yourself, how rewarding is your life? Thats a direct correlation to how much honor is in your life.
Sometimes we are reserved to show people honor out of fear that there will be an abuse of that honor. For example, a woman might not honor her husband because she is afraid that he will abuse it. Or a husband may not honor his wife. When you refuse to honor your spouse, you will miss the reward that having a husband/wife could bring. There are things that God wants to do in a marriage that require honor for each other’s position. Don’t miss it because of fear. You don’t have to be afraid of anyone. You don’t have to fear man.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
When I am doing what God called me to do, I will not fear. The Lord is on my side. Don’t let the fear of man cause you not to honor God.
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgment cometh from the Lord.
Its a trap when you fear another person. That doesn’t mean you have to disrespect them to prove you’re not afraid of them. The evidence that you don’t fear someone is that you don’t let them dictate your actions. The moment you start to allow them to dictate your actions is the moment you give into fear.
You may seek someones favor, especially if they are in a position over you, but the ultimate outcome of our life comes from the Lord. You don’t have to jump through hoops to get someone’s favor. Honor the Lord, and still honor people, but let the Lord dictate who shows you favor. You sow the seed of honor to everybody and let God determine who will show you favor.
It’s the same principle with friends. Proverbs 18:24 says, “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly.” You should sow friendliness to everybody and then let the Lord bring the perfect friends into your life.
Treat everybody with respect. Treat everybody with honor. Let God choose who He is going to use to bless your life. God set this world up for us to be interdependent on each other.
Honor is the delegation of authority.
1 Samuel 15-
Saul started out in a good place. He was honored as King by God. He had been anointed with oil and delegated that authority. However, eventually Saul disobeyed God and dishonored Him. This caused his anointing to be stripped from him. When Samuel confronts Saul, we see the reason as to why Saul dishonored God.
And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.
Saul was afraid of people. His fear of people caused him to dishonor God. The fear of man brings a snare. Its a trap. Saul had to face the consequences of the fear he walked in.
Honring God will liberate you from the influence of man.
An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.
Now Saul is still king, but he is being destroyed by the position because he no longer has the anointing to be there. David now has the anointing.
1 Samuel 24:1-18 -David had the opportunity to kill Saul, yet he didn’t. Even though Saul had been seeking to destroy him, David chose instead to honor Saul. If David would have been afraid of him, he would have killed him when he had the chance. But David knew that you can’t honor God when you fear man.
The test of honor is how you will honor those that will not honor you. God wants to see if you will honor a seat that he wants to put you in. He wants to see if you’ll honor that seat before you are in it. David honored Saul’s seat as king before he became king himself. Thats why God called him “a man after his own heart.”
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
God wants us to let Him be the one who orders our future. He doesn’t want us to compromise honoring Him for the sake of getting ourselves further in life. We can’t let what other people are saying cause us not to honor God.
When the apostles were told that they could no longer preach in Jesus’ name, Peter replied, “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29)
Dont condone that which God condemns. Give honor and let the Lord fight your battles. You can honor a man without fearing him. You can’t honor a man you fear. If we just do what God has called us to do, He will take care of everything else.
Husbands want to be honored.
Wives need security. The husband is supposed to be the savior of the body.
Stop worrying about what he/she isn’t doing. You do what God called you to do and let Him change your spouse.
I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him: With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him. The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him. And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him. But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.
David could walk in confidence knowing that he didn’t have to take care of his enemies. God takes care of his enemies. God made this covenant with David because he passed all the test. When Davids father asked him to do something, he did it. His older brothers were constantly mocking and berating him, and he still honored them. He brought them bread and cheese. Because of the honor David showed, he was anointed to face goliath, to become king. He didn’t walk around in arrogance, thinking he was too good to do certain things. He refused to dishonor anyone and because of that, God honored him.