“A son honoureth his father and a servant his master if then I be a father where is my honor? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of host unto you”. Malachi 1:6;
This is a question that God is asking every believer daily because He knows our heart that most of us are hypocritical to Him, you can only deceive yourself but you can never deceive God. These people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth and honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Mattew 15:8; God knows us with this attributes that majority of us are just playing lips service in loving and honoring Him.
Honoring someone can also be interpreted as loving that person wholeheartedly.
God really deserve our honor because He is the reason for our living. The reason why he sets us free from the captive of the pharaoh of our life is for us to worship him continually. But it’s quite unfortunate that many only bless God with their mouth but their hearts are far from Him.
That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us for in him we live, and move, and have our being. Acts 17:27-28;
The essence of our being is God. The spirit of God dwells in us so that we may have life, and that life that we have been given should honor the one who gave it. It is because of God’s divine love and grace that we live and more importantly live as His own image on earth; Therefore let’s be appreciative of Gods divine grace and give Glory and Honor to Him always.
There are four major ways to honor God.
1. Honor God By Keeping His Commandments
Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man love me, he will keep my words, and my father will love him, and we will come unto him and make our abode with him. John 14:23; Obedience to God is living by God’s word and by so doing we will be having a personal and more intimate relationship with God.
The sweetest thing that can happen to any Christian is to be experiencing the indwelling power and presence of God in his or herself on a daily basis. The believer will have such joy that surpasses that of the richest people in the world. In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. Jobs 12:10;
We should always remember that it’s by God’s grace that we are a living soul and it is expected of us to always accord Him this Honor as an appreciation of being made in His likeness and the grace of being given the spirit of truth – the spirit of God-.
2. Honor God With Your Life
Some people are used to saying: It’s my life, and such people often believe they can do whatever pleases them with it; but neglecting to adopt the truth that no life belongs to any man, but all life belongs to God. And God has only lent this life to every person living on earth. … Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19;
We have been bought with a price, and God has taken over our bodies as his indwelling temple, having this knowledge embedded on our mind and planted root-deep in our heart will help us in understanding that it is our obligation to God to Honor Him with our life.
We can give honor to God by demonstrating through our words and actions. We honor God through our action by living a Christ-like life, And through our words by declaring Gods word and singing praises to His name.
To live a kind of life that is pleasing to God, Jesus Christ admonish us to take him as our role model; Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Mattew 11:29;
3. Honor God With Your Talent
John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. John 3:27; Whatever talent you’re endowed with you must always remember that it was given to you by God. Are you a talented writer? Honor God with that talent by writing about Him -His knowledge-. If you want to share God’s knowledge and honor Him with your writing skill you can sign up with Christhealeth and share your post for free.
King Nebuchadnezzar thought to Himself that he has accumulated that much power by his own wisdom and might instead of to Honor God with his achievements he bosted with pride and invoked the wrath of God upon himself. God turned him into an animal. We should also learn from King Nebuchadnezzar mistake that instead of been boastful to God about your achievements and talent, you should instead think of a way that which you are given could be used to God’s Honor.
It may be a talent or an achievement, maybe it’s political or military power that you have? Remember that it’s not your smartness that accord you that position. There are millions of people out there who can be smarter than you but the only way you can be smarter than them all is by using all you’re given to Honor God.
4. Honor God With Your Substance
Honor the Lord with thy substance. Proverbs 3:9;
In our finances, we are expected to give our best to God to honor the Lord with all that we have. How we do ith our finance tells a lot about how our heart is towards God.
We must always remember that it is God that gives us the power to get that wealth we are flaunting about and it shouldn’t be hard for us to give back to God a portion of what he entrusts in your care.
But thou shall remember the Lord thy God for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he might establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers. Deuteronomy 8:18;
As we’re being faithful in honoring God in all this ways God promise o honor us back for our obedience. For they that honor me, I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. 1 Samuel 2:32;
If we are faithful in giving to the Lord, Proverbs 3:10 let us know that we do not only receive the spiritual rewards but the physical as well.
Our God is not a selfish God, He charged us to honor Him, and he has promised to also honor those who obey and do his bidding.
God also wants us to honor each other especially these categories of people:
1. Our Parents: Honor thy father and thy mother as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee, that thy days may be prolonged and that it may go well with the. .. Deuteronomy 5:16; This promise here is the antidote for untimely death.
2. The Elderly: Thou shall rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the old man and fear thy God. I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:32;
It’s unfortunate that many Christians are not taking cognisant of this. I have witnessed young Christians in been sorted in a bus while the elderly have to take the stand because there’s nowhere else to sit.
3. People In Authority: Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God, the powers that be are ordained of God. Roman 13:1;
There is lots of insubordination going on in most places because we lack respect the peoples in authority. I want you to remember this: anybody in a position of authority or power has been put there by God and any contrary things you might do to him, it’s God you’re kicking against.
Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for the to kick against the thorns Acts 26:14;
In conclusion, I want you to consider this bible verse as the golden verse to enable you to fulfill the great desire if God concerning you in honoring Him.
This book of the law shall not depart out if thy mouth, but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein, for thou shall make thy way prosperous and then though shall have good success. Joshua 1:8;
Talk the word, think the word, and do the word. These are the three conjugal actions expected from you daily by God and you will be having a good success in all your life endeavors.
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