“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: Living in honour as a believer towards the minister of the gospel in your local assembly is equivalent to honouring God.
In the course of our study on this subject, we’ve come to light that the culture of honour must be the culture of the local church. Recall the scenario in Jesus’ hometown (Mark 6:1-6) which we have seen through our studies, dishonour or offences were the reason Jesus could not do mighty works in his hometown. Thus, their dishonour stifled God’s power and this thus brings to the fore that a man’s attitude can stifle God’s power in a local assembly. Jesus’ words in Chapter 10 of Matthew’s synoptic account speak volumes, it reads “And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. And when ye come into a house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward” (Matthew 10:11-15, 40-41). Here, Jesus was emphatic in his explanation; meaning, from his words here, it is thus clear or better still, it can be safely implied that when we receive or honour ministers as men whom the Lord has sent to bless us, we receive an honour which is equivalent or the same as receiving or honouring the father. In other words, it means that to dishonour men, God has sent to be of a blessing to us is the same as dishonouring God; inversely, to honour men (ministers of the gospel), God has sent to bless us will be to honour God. Will you choose to dishonour men which equals dishonoring God? Or will you choose to honour men which equals honouring God? I tell you today, make the right choice.
INSTRUCTION: Choose to walk in your nature which is honour.
PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, I pray this day that I will not allow offences and dishonor take hold of me; I will work and conduct myself in honor, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Most times, in choosing to dishonor men, God has set over us, we’ve equally made the choice of dishonoring God who put those men over us.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 10 EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 5