In today’s modern world the culture of giving honour to people is not very popular except after the person dies. It is so sad today that what we see is a stock of people who are more prone to peddle criticism than honour. All over the world the media derives huge viewership and listenership most especially when one “important figure” is under fire. One of the fallouts of this trend is the emergence of an increasingly critical breed of believers who are flushing out the golden ethic of giving honour to whom honour is due. This way of life is built on the solid democratic concept of an egalitarian society.
On the other hand the bible is replete with instructions of how we should give honour to whom honour is due and they fall within several ranks. Consider the following people the bible say we should honour.
- We should honour the King 1Peter 2:17
- Honour all people
- We should honour fellow believers Rom 12:10
- We should honour the man that does good Romans 2:10
- We should honour our father and mother Matthew 15:4
- We should honour widows 1Timothy 5:3
- We should honour Jesus and our heavenly Father John 5:23
Most people won’t have any difficulty agreeing with these scriptural injunctions. But, do you know that there is one person that the bible says we should give “Double Honour” to?
The bible says we should “count” “worthy” of “double honour” the elders that rule well amongst us, especially those that labour in the word and doctrine 1 Timothy 5:17. This is one of the key functions of our man of God. He brings the word of God to us. He labours not only in doctrine but also in ensuring that Christ is formed in us. The bible also said that we should “esteem” such people “very highly” 1 Thessalonians 5:12.
We must do these with a background understanding that the honour that we owe the man of God is not to be given as a matter of duress but that this honour is that which has first being conferred upon him by the Lord Himself. For the bible made it abundantly clear that this honour can no man take upon himself except it is given by God. Hebrew 5:4. So it makes perfect sense for us to honour the man whom the Lord Himself has honoured.
We should be careful that we are not honouring the man of God for the wrong reasons.
We should not honour him because of his CHARM and CHARISMA. We should be careful not to value the man of God based on his natural abilities. They have their proper place in his makeup but the abundance or lack of certain abilities must not be the reason why we honour him as we do.
We must also avoid honouring him because of his CREDENTIALS. So many believers today belittle the gift of God in their man of God on the grounds of his meagre credential which sometime may be academic, social or economical. When we do this we will have difficulties relating with the grace of God upon his life. Many years back, most of the leaders and pastors in church were either in the university or were already graduates when our man of God was just gaining admission in to the higher institution of learning. Yet, it was never the basis for measuring the potency of the grace of God he carried on him.
However, we should honour the man of God because
- It is part of his CALLING .1 Timothy 1:11-13, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
- It is a COMMAND. 1 Timothy 5:17
- It should be our reaction to his CARE. ( He watches over our souls to protect and preserve)
- The CONSEQUENCE of not doing so can sometime be fatal Hebrew 13:17
In conclusion, the bible says “…. Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper”.
For further Study
1 Timothy 1:11-13, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, 1 Timothy 5:17, Hebrew 13:17
Personal declaration for the day
Today, I will give honour to whom honour is due.
Questions for you to reflect on
Who are the people you honour ?
Who do you dishonor and Why?