A question of honor

Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And, Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and fit for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 2 Tim. 2:19-21

Therefore, departing from sin is a question of honor – God’s honor. It should be far more than self-preservation, or escaping punishment, it should be a question of honor. The man who truly departs from sin honors God, and he becomes a vessel of honor – one who carries honor to God, who gives Him glory.

Therefore, if we put the honor of the Lord Jesus Christ above all else, as the guiding principle of our life, that is, that what we believe and do MUST honor Him, then we are fit for His use, and ready to serve Him.

But this concept has largely been lost to Christendom. People now think in humanistic terms with a pragmatic mindset – that is, “right” becomes what is advantageous for you, and the honor of God is hardly cognizant.

Our text tells us that the man or woman who truly honors God will be used by God. The one who would rather die than dishonor Jesus is a candidate for servant-hood.

But those who lust for power, and don’t honor Him above all else, and are pragmatic and selective in their values and ethics, find they get a counterfeit power, and satan uses them. Satan uses the vessels of dishonor. All they care is that they get what they want, they don’t care whether Jesus is truly honored.

This is one of the foundational principles of the Christian life: whatever situation you find yourself in, the thing that matters most to God is that you honor Him in that situation. You may think you have nothing left in this life to give Him, but you can still honor Him by trusting and obeying, today, where you are at.

One Response to “A question of honor”

  1. ian vincent Says:

    And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God is its light, and the Lamb is its lamp. And the nations of them who are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.
    (Rev 21:23-24)

    We need to know the kind of glory and honor we can bring to God. It is HIS glory and honor, and we return it to Him.

    We need to know what is HIS glory and honor in our lives, and cherish that, for that will be the only thing we can take with us when we leave this earth for a better place.

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