How often do you think about honor? Most of us would answer not very often but honor is real important to God.
“One day a man of God came to Eli and gave him this message from the Lord: ‘I revealed myself to your ancestors when they were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt. I chose your ancestor Aaron from among all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer sacrifices on my altar, to burn incense, and to wear the priestly vest as he served me. And I assigned the sacrificial offerings to you priests. So why do you scorn my sacrifices and offerings? Why do you give your sons more honor than you give me—for you and they have become fat from the best offerings of my people Israel! Therefore, the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I promised that your branch of the tribe of Levi would always be my priests. But I will honor those who honor me, and I will despise those who think lightly of me.’” (1 Samuel 2:27-30).
God says He will honor those who honor Him and despise those who take Him lightly. So much of how we are expected to live blesses us but shows honor to God. We must be careful not to toss off activities as optional or just tradition. And we must not become too familiar and routine with the things of God.
How do we honor God? There are many ways. The Bible tells us not to neglect the fellowship of the saints which basically means to attend church (Hebrews 10:25). This is important, not optional. Please take the time and ask God about a home church for you and your immediate family. It is important to be where God wants you planted. And once you are there, attend and serve in any way you can. And enter your church with a desire to find God’s purpose for your life because often the church is our first platform to developing who are to become in God.
We honor God with our wealth through tithes and offerings (Proverbs 3:9-10). God enables us to get whatever wealth or money we have so giving it back to Him is a form of honor. Tithing is a command not an option (Malachi 3:10) and God also expects us to give offerings. So, it is giving great honor we tithe consistently no matter what our finance status at any given period.
As we read in the scripture above about Eli and his sons, we honor God through our worship and praise. So, don’t take that for granted. It builds intimacy with God when we worship and praise in private beyond just Sunday worship service. And we must enter into worship with great reverence for God and not just haphazardly. I am amazed at how many gospel songs today are people focused instead of God focused. Listen, they are good songs and they offer great encouragement to us but worship music should focus on God and speak of His greatness and His glory. If He never did another thing we’d still worship Him for who He is by Himself.
We honor God in our behaviors and with our mouth, how we speak and in our thoughts. The list goes on and on the closer you walk with the Lord. So be thoughtful and careful to honor God in our daily living because God gives back what we give to Him!
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