by Revivalist Ndubuisi Eke
Honor is one of the most neglected virtue in the lives of most Christians. The truth is that, who you dishonor can never be a true source of blessing in your life. In our competitive society we have failed to celebrate the gifting of others who have more than we have. When someone is better than we are we begin to envy and criticize them. You will never have grace in the area where you have criticized.
Honor is to show a courteous regard for another person.
Invitation for Dishonor
I remember been invited to preach in a meeting. The host of the programme was a close friend. So since he was a close friend I didn’t bother to discuss the issue of honorarium and my welfare during the meeting. During the three day of ministering,I was discomforted.
I think the minister of God can never be a blessing to people where he not properly treated. Fellow ministers are in the business of dishonoring one another.My minister friend,dishonored me unconsciously and I said in my heart ‘I will never accept an offer of invitation to preach for him again’. Dishonor is the quickest way to close the door of favor in our lives. One of the things God has taught me as He brings people both great and small into my life is to honor them. When a fellow minister comes visiting me, I do my best to honor him by sowing the best of honor into him. I make sure his comfort and satisfaction is guaranteed. When leaving I sow a seed (financially) to the best of my ability into his life. Don’t mistreat your fellow minister and don’t allow those around you mistreat him. If you are inviting a minister honor him with respect and your substance. Mike Murdock said,” Your future is determined by who you have chosen to honor. You must have a code of honor. Honor is a seed that will outlast a lifetime.”
Our offerings to God are seeds that produce a harvest. There are many types of seeds in our life. Honor is the seed for access, kindness is a seed, time is a seed, love is a seed, teaching is a seed, giving is a seed. This law is to work in the financial arena as well.
Familiarity the thief of Honor
But Jesus said to them, ‘ A prophet is not without honor except in his own country,among his own relatives,and in his own house” (Mark 6:4). Most of those entrusted with the authority to transform our lives lose this ability because we devalue through familiarity. Great people most times change geographical location because those closest to them are the last to discern their gifts. Honor may make you look like a fool but it will make you look good in the end. The man or woman you honor may be younger than you are,shorter,poorer but he may hold the key you need to unlock your destiny. God has attached certain reward to honor. For example some Christians dishonor their parent whilst remaining committed to a life of service. The apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:2 said,”Honor your father and mother…that it may be well with you and you may live long on earth.” Most of them end up becoming victims of premature death and calamity.
When we fail to do what God has arranged for us to get through obedience we can never substitute to get them through sacrifice. It also mean that you cannot pray into your life things that God has designed for you to get through honoring others.