“1And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before[a] me.””
Many of us have heard this scripture more than once, but what does it mean to not put anything before God? What does keeping Him first look like? How do you know when you are keeping Him first, opposed to saying it or posting it as a status on social media? You may be thinking “I was taught growing up, to always keep Him first, so it’s automatic”, and in that case, I’m sure we all think we do but let me explain God’s way so that you can have an understanding about honor and receive the blessings of it.
Honor is respect manifested! It is no secret that many people have parents who behave unfavorably or abandon their families, rather it be physically, emotionally, spiritually, or financially. We may consider it hard or unfair to respect people who seem undeserving but God thinks of it to be obedient. Yes, God commands us to honor our parents but He does not expect us to follow their ungodly ways (Ezekiel 20:18-19). Honoring your parents is not based on what you think they deserve, but it is a principle set up by God because as we honor our parents we also honor God. Our parents are God’s representatives who have the responsibility of disciplining and raising us in His principles. Honor is an obligation and it is the only commandment given by God with a promise attached to it.
At the beginning of this post I said honor is respect manifested. Well, if honor is the result of something manifested then it means it should be seen. So, honor isn’t just lip service, honor is action! When you honor someone or something it means you add value to it, and as individuals, we add value to a lot of different things. For example, we value food, so we add value to the grocery store when we give our money in exchange for groceries. The same is for a hairdresser or barber, shopping malls, restaurants, movie theaters, airlines, clothes, shoes, cars etc. We give value to these services and products and it’s seen by the tangible gifts of money we sow into them.
God has given us specific instructions on how to honor Him, His representatives (our parents), His house, and His prophets. Honor is a godly principle that we cannot ignore. We live in a day and age where people have placed a higher value on everything except God. In Malachi 3:10 God instructed us to bring the tithe into the storehouse so there may be meat in His house. If we call ourselves children of God, why do we sometimes use His tithe to buy a concert ticket? New shoes? Anything? If God has used a man or woman to establish His house where you can come and hear The Word, receive correction, love, deliverance, breakthrough, miracles, etc., should we not honor God and His prophet by adding value to His house through the money we sow? Don’t allow the enemy to steal honor from you by devaluing the House of God and the labor of His Prophets. The Word tells us that double honor is due to those who watch over our souls and does it well.
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”
It is not wise to play with God, remember, whatever you sow is what you’ll reap. God has an order, and honor matters to Him. I thank God that He sends a Word of correction because He loves us. This may seem tight, but I know it’s right! I encourage you to think about the value you give to God and how you can increase it as you continue to grow in Him. God loves you so much and He wants you to have an understanding, so you may be blessed. Remember, honor unlocks the treasures of Heaven. Until next time my friend, be blessed!
-Bishop Clarence Langston