Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Somebody Honor Somebody!





This past weekend we celebrated our long time worship pastor, Chad Fisher. Chad has been a huge part of our team for 10 years & I wanted to take time during weekend experiences to present him with money, kind words & encouragement. This morning during our monthly all-staff meeting, we gave him an official 'Dundie' award for his years of service. The replica bobblehead is still being made. The reason that we as a church are taking this week to honor Chad is because we appreciate the fact that he's a gift to our church. We want to demonstrate our appreciation & esteem for his integrity, leadership & giftedness. My desire is to create a culture of honor that flows down & around to everyone that is involved in the life of our church. While honor will be demonstrated differently depending on one's role, the goal is always the same. I desire the life of our church to be filled with the honoring of one another. I wanted to share a few thoughts about what honor is & why it's important to our every day lives.

HONOR 
by definition is as follows: honor: time (tim-may’); to value, respect, or highly esteem; to treat as precious, weighty or valuable. On the flip side, a lack of honor is: atimos (at'-ee-mos); to dishonor; to treat as common or ordinary.

• RESPECT IS EARNED. HONOR IS GIVEN.

Honor can be demonstrated even when respect is not warranted. In fact, the Bible is a book about honoring God & His instruction. The 10 commandments teach us how to honor. The first 4 are a warning about dishonoring God & the next 6 warn us about dishonoring others. You need to understand that law of honor flourishes in every season & in every environment. It will elevate every part of your life! Honor is a part of the Kingdom culture that He wants you to have in your life.

Honor is the willingness to reward someone for their difference. It is not flattery. It must be genuine & heartfelt.

When thinking about giving honor to others, you need to understand this key thought- HONOR QUALIFIES YOU TO ENTER ANY FUTURE THAT GOD HAS FOR YOU! Honor brings power to your life & to the lives of others. (see Mark 6:4-6) Jesus said that a prophet is without honor in his home town. One of the lessons that we learn from this story in the gospels (Matthew 13:53-58) is that where there is no honor, there is no power.

SINCE HONOR IS VITAL TO OUR DAILY LIFES, WHO THEN ARE WE CALLED TO HONOR? HERE'S WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES-

• OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.
THE UNDERLYING REASON THAT OUR CULTURE IS DISHONORING TO OTHERS IS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT FEAR & HONOR GOD.
The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me…” Isaiah 29:13 (see also Psalm 22:23)
• OUR PARENTS, SPOUSE, GRANDPARENTS, ELDERLY.
"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you." Exodus 20:12 (see also Ephesians 6:2-3)
“In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together... Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7
“Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the Lord." Leviticus 19:32 (see also 1 Timothy 5:3-4)
• THOSE IN AUTHORITY.
“Honor all men; love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:17
"Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe…respect, then respect; if honor, then honor." Romans 13:7
 (*see also 1 Timothy 5:17)
• EVERYONE YOU CAN.

"Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor." Romans 12:10

WHO IS GOD CALLING YOU TO HONOR THIS WEEK? SOMEBODY HONOR SOMEBODY!