“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” – Romans 12:9-13
LIGHT FOR NOW: You cannot afford to live in dishonour.
We have established in the course of this study that the instructions to live in honour which is actually a proof of walking in love is replete in the scriptures. In other words, honour must be a culture in a local church. That said; let us begin to investigate into this fact from a body of scriptures. In the four gospels, Jesus spoke in regards to this fact. In verse 57 of Matthew 13, Jesus said “And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and in his own house”. Notice the first statement “they were offended in him”. Jesus now said, “A prophet is not without honour…” Mark, Luke and John records the same scenario, they read “But Jesus said unto them, a prophet is without honour, but in his own country, and amongst his own kin, and his own house” (Mark 6:4). “And he said, verily I say unto you, no prophet is accepted in his own country” (Luke 4:24). “For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country” (John 4:44). So, what will be Jesus’ focus in this above highlighted texts? The focus here was to treat the prophet of God (and by implication ministers of the gospel) with regard and respect. Meaning, ministers of the gospel must be honoured by believers in a local assembly; ministers of the gospel must be treated with respect and regard.
So in Jesus’ first honour sermon or teaching, he showed us how ministers of the gospel should be accepted and received, how? Ministers of the gospel are to be accepted or received with honour. Hence, not doing so means you are living in dishonor. And notice from Matthew 13:57 where the dishonor came out from offence, “they were offended in him…” So you can take note of this ahead of time because it will come to the spotlight in the course of our study, that to live in offence to the minister of the gospel is to live in dishonor. Therefore, in the bedrock of dishonor will be offence. But Jesus’ words in the above highlighted text points out that ministers of the gospel are to be received with respect, regard and treated with honour. In other words, the reason you will be offended towards a minister of the gospel in a local assembly will be because you have allowed offence step into your heart. As believers, we do not live in offence; we honour ministers of the gospel. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Treat ministers of the gospel with respect and regard.
PRAYER: Thank you father because the culture of honor is in my DNA, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Dishonoring the minister of the gospel in your local assembly is equivalent to dishonoring God who set him over you in that local assembly.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LUKE CHAPTER 24; EVENING: MARK CHAPTER 6