Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
The definition of honor is: with recognition merit or rank to pay homage or assign value to. It is a sign of respect and manifest through the value of sacrifice of what you offer. There is a weight that comes with honor, and this weight is responsibility. You can’t say that you value me and don’t put some value on me! Come on now! You wouldn’t place your fine china in the same cabinet as your regular dishes would you? When I tell my wife that I value and love her, she then sees it by what I shower her with. She does not see it in the gift itself, but what it cost me…the sacrifice of it. Honor will keep you humble. It teaches you it is not what you do for yourself that make you great, but it’s what you do for others that makes you special. The strength in your humility is when you know you could have done for you, but you did for somebody else. Well God will test you in your relationship with Him. God is the only one who will give you something and know you need more, but He will ask for what He gave you to return more! He wants to see if the relationship is reciprocal.
In the book of Ephesians, Apostle Paul is letting the church know it is God’s will to obey your parents in the Lord. And when you get in Gods will, things are going to go well for you. It is my desire that you catch this, because I want you to have everything God has planned for you! This means you will have to take some things that you normally wouldn’t take. Sometimes you will have to bless people that curse you because this is what God commanded. And if you keep the commandments of the Lord, everything in life will go well with you. But you must do this with an expectation! What expectation you may ask…THE EXPECTATION THAT GOD WILL REWARD YOU FOR SUFFERING FOR HIS GLORY! You must have an expectation because if you don’t, why are you serving God? There is no reason to honor if you don’t have an expectation. If you are working for a company and don’t have any expectation to get paid, you won’t! You would do every assignment gladly, knowing you had a check coming at the end of the week, right? You must have an expectation when serving God, knowing that he is going to take care of you. You expect that He is going to let you live in an eternal Heaven. You expect that Jesus was sure when He went to prepare a place for you in His Father’s house. You expect that if you line up with His word He is going to bless you here on earth. Never go anywhere where you are not going to prosper. You don’t get married to anyone who is not going to add to you; everything you do in life should add to you. But in order for it to add to you it has to take away from you first. Your honor for it means you have to sow into it. For example, take a gardener sowing a seed. If he is sowing watermelon seeds, he will honor it by watering and taking care of it. He sows it because he knows it’s going to bring him back more than what he planted.
It’s like, you can pray and ask God a question last week. Well now, you feel He is just now answering it today. It is the honor in knowing even if He has not yet, He will. You have to understand there is power in honor! It will change how you live, walk, and talk. Once you learn how to stand on the promises of God, trust Him and know He has the rest taken care of!
You are about to be blessed real good once you understand and work this honor piece! Joseph went through hell for all those years, but his dream came to fruition because he didn’t faint. When he went to the prison, he still praised God and he honored his father in his heart. Throughout those years he kept his heart right toward his brothers that sold him out. Hear what I’m saying to you! You have to keep a right heart! How do you do this? If you keep honor before you and esteem others greater than one self, God will esteem you greater also. Payday is coming, so don’t let anybody fool you by saying otherwise…God pays. You may be going through trials, but God will pay you if you praise Him in it. He will pay you for all the suffering you’ve done for Him. He will pay you for not complaining, even when you may have had every right to complain. Keep a righteous heart, and your eyes fixed on The Lord, and watch what He does in your life. Until next time my friend, be blessed.
-Bishop Clarence Langston