How to Position Yourself for Honour
John 13:20 – Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.
Honour means a valuing, preciousness, esteem, reward, advantage, dignity, privilege and/or the ability to recognise and live with other powerful people without feeling threatened or trying to get rid of them.
Friend, God has told us what He has in store for us for this day – honour. What we now need is to position ourselves to enjoy the fulfilment of the prophetic Word. Please be aware that there is a difference between God’s love and God’s pleasure. The love of God provides for eternal life through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Accepting the Lord Jesus Christ gives us access to heaven but honouring God by obeying His Word in our daily living pleases Him and positions us for reward. Please be aware that a reward is the payment for your actions or behaviour. While salvation is the gift, the reward of honouring God is a payment. Salvation is by grace through faith but reward is by performance through obedience.
In the scripture, there are levels of rewards for walking in honour. 2 John 1:8 (emphasis added) – ‘Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.’ There is full reward, partial reward and no reward situations in the Bible. An example of a partial reward situation is in Mark 6:1-6 where while in Nazareth, Jesus could do no mighty works because of the people’s lack of honour for Him. An example of a no reward and a full reward situation is the story of the sons of Eli and Samuel in the book of Samuel.
It is important for you to know that God wants us to honour him in order for us to enjoy honour. It is also important for you to know that there are other people that God wants you to also honour. They include your fellow man of God, your peers and the people that are entrusted to you. From what we see in the book of Samuel, it is clear that God takes the issue of honour seriously. Although He had chosen the house of Eli to be priests over Israel unto Him forever, their lack of honour for Him made Him change His mind and He removed them forever. The principle of honour was disregarded by Eli and his sons and it led them to lose a generational blessing forever. Later on in 1 Samuel 2, God chose Samuel in the place of Eli’s sons because Samuel honoured God. Friend, for you to walk in the honour that God has prepared for you, you need to first honour Him.
You determine not only the reward but the magnitude and type of reward that you attract; start today by first honouring God. You will see that there are different classes of people that we are to honour and each one carries a reward. First God, then those in authority over us, then our peers and those entrusted to be under us. I also believe that we should honour ourselves because if you cannot honour yourself, you cannot really honour others. The Bible says that you should love your neighbour as yourself. So you have a responsibility to honour yourself in order to truly honour others. Tomorrow, we will continue with the different classes of people to honour.
For Further Study
1 Samuel 2:22-30, Matthew 10:40-42, 1 Peter 2:17, 1 Chronicles 12:32.
Personal declaration for the day
Today, I will walk in integrity and honour. Therefore, I will enjoy the reward of honour from God and man. Amen.
Questions for you to reflect on
Who are you to honour?
Who do you honour?
How have you benefited from walking in honour?