IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: I WILL HONOR THOSE WHO HONOR ME -GOD
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace-Udochukwu President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
Them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.”
1 Samuel 2: 30.
GOD is certain, sooner or later, to recompense men according to the rule of infallible justice; and if it be so among saints, it is equally so among sinners.
OUR chickens generally come home to roost. Our thoughts of other men become other men’s thoughts of us. According as we measure out to our fellows, so do they measure back into our bosoms, for good or for evil. So especially, in reference to the Lord, Himself, the God of Justice sooner or later causes a man to reap his own sowing and gather his own scattering. See how the Lord keeps touch with His friends and foes and pays them in their own coin—”Those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.” A man’s life is often its own echo.
Do I make the honor of God the great object of my life and the rule of my conduct? If so, He will honor me. I may for a while receive no honor from man, but God will Himself put honor upon me in the most effectual manner.
“I HONOR THOSE WHO HONOR ME” -GOD
These are golden words and they apply to all of us without exception. God is saying to us that if any person, anywhere, will honor Him he or she will, in turn, be honored by Him. To make it personal God says to each one of us, “If you will honor Me, I will honor you. We often hear about the honor of representing one’s country in sport, or the honor bestowed by a country on some person in recognition of a worthy act. But very few of us will ever qualify for that sort of honor. But it is within our power to honor God and to have Him honor us in return.
Before king was established in Israel, Eli was the leader of the Israelites as the high priest and he had two sons, Hophni and Phinehas. The two sons, too, held the title of priest, following their father. However, they dared to treat God’s offering with contempt by taking the meat even before offering the sacrifice to God. The rumor about the two sons, who forgot their positions as priest and did all evil, spread throughout Israel.
Hearing that, Eli earnestly said to his sons, “My sons, stop the wicked deeds of yours. If a man sins against another man, God may mediate for him; but if a man sins against the LORD, who will intercede for him?” His sons, however, neither regretted their faults nor turned from their wickedness. They ignored the constant warnings of God and did not throw away their evil deeds. Finally, the two wicked sons of Eli died on the same day. On the contrary, to Samuel who feared God with all his heart, the heaven’s mission was given as the last judge of Israel.
Actually, Samuel the priest, who anointed David king later, was not born of a priest family. Samuel was a man given to God as his mother Hannah made a vow. If then, why wasn’t the grace of God given to the two sons of Eli as it was to Samuel? The fact alone that they were born of the family of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil was enough for them to receive God’s blessing. Despite that, they were destroyed because they did not fear God and piled up their sins.
No matter what a blessed position a man may be situated in, if he does not fear God but despise Him, his blessing can be taken away any time.
“Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.”
God will treat us according to His principle.
“Therefore the Lord God of Israel says: ‘I said indeed that your house and the house of your father would walk before Me forever.’ But now the Lord says: ‘Far be it from Me; for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.”
1 Samuel 2:30 (NKJV)
Whereas, God had promised that the house of Eli will walk before Him forever, the Lord reversed the arrangement, because of the level of disrespect displayed, by Eli’s household. The Lord says, “…those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.”
If you pay attention to what God says, about honour, it shows that God expects some degree of honour, from those who approach Him in worship, or service. There is no way we can enjoy the best of Him, when we lightly esteem His presence, and His person.
Thank God for what Jesus has done on our behalf, but Jesus did not honour God, so that we may be exempted from honouring Him. Although, God is love, and He loves us unconditionally, but His love does not allow us, to disrespect His presence, and person.
Those who desire to serve, worship and enjoy fellowship with the Lord, must approach Him with a sense of awe, respect and honour. When Eli’s household lost respect for the Lord, they lost the privilege to walk before Him.
While their relationship with the Lord was intact, their fellowship with the Lord was broken. There will always be a disconnection from anything, or anyone you continually dishonour in your life; learn to honour the Lord.
And, last of all, there shall come a day when this earth shall be all ablaze; and, amidst the terrors of that great consummation of the age, the dead shall rise, and you shall be amongst them, brother. Then shall the trumpet sound exceeding loud and long, and all human beings, and the fallen spirits, too, shall come to judgment; and there, amidst such a throng as never was beheld before, the despised, misrepresented, persecuted follower of the right, who honoured God at all costs, shall receive, before the assembled universe, honour from the Lord of all. Lift up your heads, O ye children of God, for your redemption draweth nigh! It is a grand day, with some men, when they receive the Victoria Cross from their sovereign’s hand, or when they are elevated to the House of Lords; but it will be a far higher honour when Christ shall say to the righteous, “Come, ye blessed of my Father; inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world,” and when he shall say to each one who has faithfully served him, “Well done, good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful in a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Brothers and sisters, if God has saved us, let us live as in the light of the coming day of judgment; and may the Lord have mercy upon us in that day, and honour us because first, by his grace, he enabled us to honour him!
As for you who never think of honouring God, and never care about him, your destruction is certain if you continue in the way in which you are now walking. If you want to know how you may be damned, it is only a little matter of neglect that will ensure it. “How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?” I fear that many of you are living in that, neglect. May the Holy Spirit graciously turn you from it, and cause you to seek the Lord, and believe in Jesus, this very moment, that you, too, honouring God by your confession of sin, and by believing in his Son, Jesus Christ, whom he hath set forth as the one propitiation for sin, may find the promise of our text true to you also, for he will honour you even as you have honoured him.
Father, guide me by Your Spirit, to live in honour of You, everyday of my life, in Jesus’ name.
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