Rewards of Honour Part 2
Galatians 6:7 – Don’t be under any illusion: you cannot make a fool of God! A man’s harvest in life will depend entirely on what he sows. (Philip’s translation)
What is reward? Reward is defined as something given or received in return or recompense for service, merit, hardship, etc. It may consist of money, goods or acts of kindness. It is the fruit of a person’s labour. A reward can also be punishment for an evil done. Galatians 6:7 – ‘Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap’ (KJV, emphasis added).
One of the challenges that I have come across is the issue of honour in the work place, among church departments or in career. Some Christians don’t know that there is reward in honouring their employers and superiors in life and/or ministry. Some think that if their boss is not a Christian, he does not deserve their respect because, as a child of God, they are superior to an unsaved person. As a result, they dishonour their bosses in their place of work. They use spirituality as a cloak to cultivate a dishonourable attitude. In some cases, this would lead to lack of promotion. Please note that God did not say that we should only honour good bosses. God will use our attitude of honour to reward us and repay the evil bosses for touching His anointed when they maltreat you.
In the church, the issue of dishonour sometimes emerges when some gifted supporters of the ministry think that they should have the final say regardless of what the heads of department or leaders say. Some are of the opinion that their gift makes them superior to the culture of honour. They are wrong and mistaken. See what the Bible instructs us in Romans 13:1-7 – ‘Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honour to whom honour.’
On the other hand, the bosses/heads of department and/or leaders are instructed to treat the entrusted ones justly, knowing that we have a Master in heaven. The leaders are the ones that determine the culture in any organization. If honour is to be the culture in any organization, the leaders must first subscribe to it. God spoke to me years ago and told me that the people He had brought to me were His treasures and I should treat them with dignity. I treat everyone entrusted to me with dignity and honour and as a result, I enjoy continual flow of peace and revelation from God.
When servants honour their leaders, employers etc. they prevent the name of God from being blasphemed. When leaders honour those entrusted to them, they create room for God’s will and style of government to prevail. In the absence of this type of honour within organizations including churches, strife and all manner of evil work will prevail. Enjoying honour’s reward is by choice.
For Further Study
Ephesians 6:5-6, 1 Timothy 6:1, Colossians 4:1.
Personal declaration for the day
I will honour my leaders and the people who I am leading. I will not bring shame to the name of Christ. I will enjoy the rewards of honour.
Questions for you to reflect on
Do you honour your employer, superior or boss as messengers of God?
Do you value and honour those God has entrusted to you as treasures of God?