Honor is a response to the character of God.
Chances are if you have kids in sports or competitions of any kind, you have a growing collection of ribbons and medals, sashes and badges, certificates, trophies, or plaques. Some might hang on your walls or sit propped up on shelves somewhere. But if we’re honest, others get stuffed into a drawer and eventually thrown out. These were so important when they first came into our homes, but at some point they just lost their value. All those awards and medals can only mean so much, because honor has a deeper meaning.
People should not just be honored because of what they do; they should primarily be honored because of who they are. Stuff will lose value over time, but not people. At its core, honor is seeing people the way God sees people. We’re naturally wired to put ourselves first, but honor is the opposite of self-centeredness. It is something that flows from your relationship with God. In a sense, one of the best ways we can HONOR God, is by honoring those who reflect the image of God.
Throughout Scripture we see how much God loves us:
He created us in His image.
He knows the number of hairs on our heads.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made.
He pursued a relationship with us even when we wanted nothing to do with Him.
He sent His only Son to pay for our sins to make an eternal relationship with Him possible.
And He did all of this for us without us even asking.
Jesus was the ultimate example of someone who showed others their value.
When Jesus came here, He showed us how to love and show honor to those around us. He taught us to love our enemies, care for the “least of these,” and become the servants of all who puts others’ needs before our own.
That’s why it’s important for us to help our kids and families discovery more about honor—letting someone know you see how valuable they really are.
Our Memory Verse for November comes from Romans 12. Throughout the chapter, Paul casts a vision for the church and how they can live as people transformed by God’s Holy Spirit.
In Romans 12:10, we read, “Love one another deeply. Honor others more than yourselves.” (NIrV) As kids memorize this verse, we hope they understand that honor includes seeing others how God sees them. When kids start doing that, they will be more willing to show God’s love to others and put their needs ahead of their own.
One place you can go as a parent to help kids understand the concept of honor is the life of David. There are some powerful lessons about honor that show up all throughout David’s story. Here is a quick overview of what we’ll be covering throughout November.
In 1 Samuel 16:1-13, God was ready for a new king and sent the prophet Samuel to Jesse’s house to anoint one of his sons as the next king of Israel. Samuel was surprised when God didn’t choose the oldest and strongest of Jesse’s sons. Instead, God had something different in mind. He wanted a king who was a man after His own heart. God chose David, the youngest of Jesse’s sons, to lead his people.
Bottom Line: Honor others by giving them a chance. Often we have people in our lives that we tend to overlook. This story reminds us that God has a different way for us to look at the people around us. We can give people a chance because that's what God does for us.
We continue our look at Honor in 1 Samuel 18:1-9, 19:1-17, and 20:1-42.Jonathan was the prince of Israel. He was set to follow in his father’s footsteps. He could have ignored God’s plan for David and done his own thing to ensure his own place on the throne. Yet, Jonathan saw God was doing something different and showed kindness to David in spite of what Saul thought.
Bottom Line: Honor others by putting them first. When we see people as God sees them, we start to realize that how we treat them matters. One of the easiest ways we can show people honor is by putting their needs before our own. This is exactly what God did for us when He sent Jesus to be our Savior.
In 2 Samuel 9:13, we see what happens when David decides to make good on the promise he made to Jonathan. David goes above and beyond to care for Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth. David not only gives him back all the land that belonged to Saul, but he also invites Mephibosheth to eat at the king’s table as one of his own sons.
Bottom Line: Honor others by keeping your promises. Part of honoring others is keeping your word when you say you’ll do something. This not only builds trust, but also shows people you think they’re valuable. No one feels good when people let them down. Take time to go above and beyond to keep the promises you make to others.
This weekend is a Family Service Weekend at Mountainview, which will give us an opportunity to worship together in the auditorium as families.