I tend to keep a look out as I read through the Bible for verses that stress the importance of honouring and glorifying God.
Recently, I’ve begun reading through the book of 1 Samuel and am following the story of the life of Samuel the prophet.
Early on in the book, it becomes apparent that the sons of Eli, the incumbent priest were not going to provide Israel with any kind of Godly leadership. In fact their reputation for evil doing was spreading far and wide.
Its into this mess that God speaks. In the middle of a prophecy spoken to Eli, concerning his sons, come these words from God:
“For those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed.” 1 Sam 2:30
As I read these words, I was reminded again of the call to be someone who cares about the glory and reputation of God and seeks to honor him in the multitude of decisions that face me in life.
These words come with a remarkable promise. It’s quite something to be honored by people, but something much more to be honored by God, and yet this is the promise that God makes. He says that he will honor those who honor him.
The irony is that so often we are tempted to words and actions that do not honor God as way of seeking the approbation of those around us. The pressure to conform is a powerful thing!
Those who want to be found in Jesus image will need to remember that though he was popular for a time, his determination to live a life that honored the Father made him the object of scorn and derision.
I guess we need continually to remember to ask ourselves “which is of greater value?” Being respected by people or honored by God?