What does it mean to give honor? We think of honoring dignitaries or world leaders or better yet the king of kings and lord of lords.We are to honor the elderly, moms, men their wives, children their parents. Also it is an honorable thing to give up your seat to a lady on a bus or subway. I have ridden allot of subways and it is very rare I see this happening .Honor is to do something when no one is looking...the right thing to do.When you go someplace and it says instead of an admission price there is a suggested donation do you skip by and go in for free or do you put in the suggested amount? That too is an honorable thing to do to obey when no one is looking, after all God is looking. It is an honorable thing to put your grocery cart back instead of having it roll into someones car in a parking lot. It is honorable to put others before yourself.
Romans 13:7 says "Pay everyone whatever you owe them-taxes to whom taxes are due, tolls to whom tolls are due, fear to whom fear is due, honor to whom honor is due." Romans 2:10 says "But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good--for the Jew first and also for the Gentile." 1 Timothy 1:17 says"Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen." Matthew 15:8 says 'These people draw near to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me." 1 Peter 2:17 says "Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king."
When you are honored you are usually given the best seats and get to be first in line. People notice you. Yesterday I got to hear the Governor of Tennessee speak and noted how doors were opened for him and people stood when he came in the room. Once again a form of honor.
God is the one deserving of the highest honor possible. What does the word honor actually mean or imply? Personal integrity, respect and dignity came up in the dictionary under honor. We are to honor our parents even if we are adults. We are to honor those in authority over us such as teachers, police officers, bosses, and leaders of our city, state and country. Some may not be deserving of honor but as they may be tyrannical and dishonest but unless telling you to do something illegal or immoral let God deal with them.
I am a proud military veteran and in the armed forces there are honor guards for lots of ceremonies. One of the most well known honor guards is at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, DC at Arlington National Cemetery. At this solemn ceremony occurring four times hourly rain or shine bystanders are to not even chew gum out of respect. There is no jogging allowed in Arlington National Cemetery either. The militarys' highest award often given posthumously is the Medal Of Honor given for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty." At ballgames and other events when pledge of allegiance is spoken or National Anthem sung people are to stand a and be silent and men are to remove their hats. This too is a form of honor.
The most honorable thing to do is to honor the Lord God Almighty by obeying his commands and following his guidebook, the Bible. It is our manual for a successful life if only we would do what it says. So today do you honor the Lord by giving Him first place in your life? Do your honor his word, the Bible, by reading it and abiding by it? If not start today to really give the Lord the honor He is due.
PRAYER: To you oh Lord we give our highest honor. We thank you for loving us even when we disobey you and ignore you. Thank you for giving us a second chance and even a third and fourth chance. Lord I desire to follow you so help me make it a priority to put you first before anything else. In Jesus name, amen.