No matter where we’re from or how we’ve been brought up, most of us understand or have at least heard that in life, there are certain people that deserve honour – which means, to place value on.
We’re told to honour our parents, our teachers, our leaders and ultimately, honour God. There is no doubt that honour is an essential relational ingredient for our lives.
For many of us, it can be difficult to honour others. Especially when we don’t think they are deserving.
In Australia especially, this can be a real cultural issue (and we’re all guilty), as typically we don’t like the idea of one person being above the rest, and so are often found trying to pull people down rather than lifting them up – even if it is masked with jokes and a smile.
The bible is full of teaching around the importance of honour – so it’s pretty crucial that we understand it’s power.
Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.
Mark 6:4-5 NIV
Here in this scripture even Jesus, the son of God, was restricted by the people’s lack of honour for Him. At this point, it’s often concluded that honour is the atmosphere of miracles – and this is 100% true… When we honour Christ, we create an environment for miracles to happen.
But the principle goes beyond this – the power of honour is this: when we honour somebody,we are giving them permission, freedom and confidence to be all that they are and give all that they’ve got.
This is why God shows up and works miracles when we honour Him, because we’ve given Him permission to be all that He is and give all that He’s got to us – and this is true for ALL of our relationships.
Honour Christ. Absolutely.
Honour your parents. Ofcourse.
Honour your leaders and teachers. Without a doubt.
But it doesn’t stop there – honour your friends, honour people younger than you, honour people you’re leading and I guarantee you’ll see the best come out of them, they won’t be treading on egg shells with the pressure of perfection looming over them, hoping to impress you, they’ll feel a warm confidence to be themselves, to make mistakes, to learn, grow and become all that they we’re created to be.
Here’s a beautiful clip of how someone worthy of honour, turned the tables and began to honour those following her, creating an atmosphere where they felt like they could thrive…
We are called to honour everybody.
Who can you give value to today?
Hope this has helped!