"Inspirational Honor" 2012/10/30 - KL pending
During the month of October, I've been teaching a sermon series at Highpoint Church called, Pursuit of Honor - click here
to watch it. Reflecting on the powerful truths we have learned together, I ran across this image today and couldn't pass up the opportunity to share it as a powerful image of honor in our country. This image depicts three dedicated US service men standing guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. There assignment is simple, stand guard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The commitment itself screams honor toward those who have given their lives for our nation. The image of these men fulfilling their duty through one of nature's most relentless forces only elevates our respect and pride as Americans. When we see honor, we are inspired. I hope you will take time to read through some of the key thoughts from the Pursuit of Honor series below and imagine the inspiration your life could be through the giving of honor.
Romans 12:10 "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves."
We all fail to honor in at least 3 categories:
1. Neglect: We passively fail to honor others.
2. Negative: We actively dishonor others.
3. Knowledge: We simply lack the proper training and know-how of honor.
1. Honor focuses on people
Honor above all is a relational command.
The reality is no one is good enough to deserve honor all the time.
Honor serves as the reminder we need and the reminder they need that they reflect the image of God.
2. Honor functions by preference
Honor is decided not deserved.
I have wrongly associated giving honor with losing.
I have wrongly withheld honor because I want to be honored first.
I have wrongly dishonored others so that I appear more honorable.
A. We must speak with honor - The words we say, tweet, write, email, text or otherwise
James 3:9-10 "With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be."
B. We must act with honor
Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”
C. We must Start Low
Honor begins with humility and repentance.
Will you confess your dishonor and lack of honor?
Malachi 1:6 (ESV) “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? Says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’
To truly honor someone or something means recognizing true value.
Honor means giving preference to someone else.
Failure to honor means 3 things:
- We cause damage.
- We suffer harm.
- We forfeit blessing.
We honor God when we REMEMBER the poor & needy (Prov 14:31)
God has a special place in His heart for those considered the “least of these” in society.
Adoption is not for everyone. BUT caring for orphans IS a command for all believers in Jesus. Remembering orphans honors God!
When people use terms like "retarded" it reveals a disconnect with the true value of people with special needs.
We honor God when we REMEMBER our body is a Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19-21)
We need to honor God with our sexuality.
We honor God when we REMEMBER the TITHE (Prov. 3:9)
Honor starts in the heart and is revealed in the action.
Money is the most likely contender for our trust in God.
We honor God when we REMEMBER Jesus (John 5:23)
The sacraments are practical ways to express honor to God.
We honor Salvation through Baptism
We honor sanctification through Communion.
21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
Where there is dishonor, there is dysfunction.
Our deepest pain stems from the dysfunction of our closest relationships.
A family lacking in honor is lacking in health.
Honor in marriage flows through submission.
Submission for a wife means deferring to her husband's leadership.
Wives, your submission to your imperfect husband is like saying to God, “I think I know better than him BUT I’m trusting in You.”
Submission for a husband means to defer to his wife’s security.
My advice to couples is always “leave the vacancy” so when your spouse eventually comes around to God’s way they find the room to fulfill their role.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Training our kids to honor their parents is RIGHT.
You children need 2 things from you to learn honor:
1. Clear expectations
When you train your children to honor their parents you carve a groove of honor in their lives that goes well with them in every future relationship.
2. Consistent example.
You must model honor or your training is undermined by your own lack of honor.
Not only should kids honor parents but parents should also honor their children.
Too many parents allow the immaturity of the child determine their maturity.
1 Peter 2:13-17?
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.?
We honor those above us because we trust the One who’s above all.
Our trust in God allows us to see beyond the flaws of human authority and honor them anyway.
Honor is always tempered by our trust in God.
Failure to recognize God above all human authority results in one of two errors, dishonor or idolatry.
When we do recognize God above all human authority we will find a way give appropriate honor to those above us but never allow our honor to become idolatry.
Our reputation was an extension of the reputation of Jesus.
Christians who show dishonor toward human authority only cause more distrust of Christians and deepen the divide between unbelievers and Jesus.
The greater concern for Christians to carry is the eternal welfare of unbelievers.
3 levels of human authority we must honor…
1. Work/School Authority:
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…”
- Your boss (or teachers) are in authority over you in your job/school.
- Your job is to work hard, do a good job with a good attitude. If you don’t feel like you can continue and maintain Honor – you leave respectfully and move on.
- Honoring human authority is more about approach than agreement.
- You will not always agree – your concern is your approach.
2. Ecclesiastic (Church) authority:
1 Timothy 5:17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.
- You should honor the pastors and leadership of this church.
3. Government Authorities:
Romans 13:1-2 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves
- The right to vote does NOT equal the right to dishonor.
- It is inappropriate to speak dishonorably about the President or any other government officials.
- It's ok to disagree, but never to dishonor.
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