Our Value System

“…those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.” I Samuel 2:30

There is an honor the world can have for someone they respect or something they consider to have of worth; however, to truly honor God is a result of a life transformed and renewed by the Spirit of God. Because honor is part of God’s life flow, allowing God to work honor in us will also cause us to flow in God’s power, blessings, and favor.

To honor means, “to value, esteem, respect, or glorify.” Because the word honor is about showing worth, the word can also mean, “a price paid or received.” When you honor a person, you receive them for what they are worth to you. Matthew 10:40-42 “(40) He who receives you receive Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. (41) He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. (42) And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall be no means lose his reward.”

If you receive someone that God has sent to you, you also are receiving the Lord Himself. When you give value to God and what comes from His hand, you will receive the blessing attached to it. If you value and receive a messenger from God, you will receive from the anointing they carry. If you know the worth of a prophet, a righteous person, or a child, and if you show them value, you also receive the Lord who has loved them and considered them of high worth. You will receive a blessing.

A heart that is conditioned for honor is a heart that will value others on all levels of authority – above, beneath, and on the same level. The heart of honor will first honor God for who He is, having a respect for His indescribable power and compassion. An honorable person will also honor those in authority over him or her, those who are their peers, and those who are in subordination.

Honor is seen in attitude, it is reflected in behavior, and it is known through spoken words. Honor is an issue of integrity, a condition of the heart; therefore, honor is in operation whether in public or private. Honor is consistent because it is part of our make-up in God’s design. Honor isn’t just something we do; it is part of who we are, and who we are is part of the recreation God performs in us as we grow in Him.

Application: Think about someone in your life that you value. This week, find a way to show that person how much he or she means to you.

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