Others deserve honor

Day 4 – Others deserve honor. 

We know the Christian walk isn’t simply about ourselves. It’s a community, created and sustained by God himself. It’s all about us, and very little about me. The idea of honor, particularly in the Old Testament is a communal concept. Honor exists in relationship. It’s not something you can give or get for yourself. God bestows it on us, we bestow it on others, but it’s always between “one anothers.” This basic facts tells us that it’s meant to be shared. How can we share honor with others, who should we share this with, how can we let them know that they are also honored by God, held in high esteem…wanted.

Let’s focus in today on who we can give honor to, who we can share the honor we ourselves receive from God.

The short answer is – everyone! Each and every person deserves honor because they are a created child of God (see Isaiah 43:1-7 from Day 2).

Another answer that is all over the Bible is – those to whom the world does not naturally give it.

1 Samuel 2:1-8 outlines many of those whom honor is overlooked, that we can take extra care to bestow honor towards. Look for the mention of these in the passage found below.
            *the feeble v. 4
            *the barren v. 5
            *the newly born and the dying v. 6
            *the poor v. 7
            *the needy (whether physically needy or emotionally needy) v. 8

1 Samuel 2:1-8:
And Hannah prayed and said,
“My heart exults in the Lord;
    my horn is exalted in the Lord.
My mouth derides my enemies,
    because I rejoice in your salvation.
“There is none holy like the Lord:
    for there is none besides you;
    there is no rock like our God.
Talk no more so very proudly,
    let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
    and by him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty are broken,
    but the feeble bind on strength.
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
    but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger.
The barren has borne seven,
    but she who has many children is forlorn.
The Lord kills and brings to life;
    he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
    he brings low and he exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust;
    he lifts the needy from the ash heap
to make them sit with princes
    and inherit a seat of honor.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord's,
    and on them he has set the world.
Who is in your life you can give honor to? What people in our churches often feel left out? How can we be a voice for the voiceless and bestow honor on the tiniest of people to the oldest and frailest?

My Dad, who never misses an opportunity to make others feel honored