Dont Play the Game! 30 August I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Fathers name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
Honor. Godly honor. Its the kind of honor that keeps its word and standard of integrity no matter what. It never failsit always succeeds. Every day, commitments of honor are required of you. You have choices to make regarding ethics in your job, disciplining your children, keeping your marriage strongand its hard. Its a choice between Gods honor and mans. One brings true and sure success…and one brings shallow, temporal success that ends in ultimate failure. In other words, it looks good but doesnt last. You just cant live the Christian life without honor. Youll never be faithful without it. You cant be. Without honor, you dont have the power to be faithful. Its just not in you. In John 5:41-44, Jesus told the Pharisees about honor that comes from God only. Thats the kind of honor we must have to stand in our day. You can be a powerful force in the earth as a believer who walks by faith, but to do it, you must operate in His honor. Mans definition of honor, however, is quite different from Gods. It is a derivative of the honor of God, but it is light and shallowit is a false honor that deceives men. The worlds honor that comes from men and is given to men is what I call the honor game. In this sport, everything is done to gain the prestige, power and authority that other men can give. Its temporal, short-lived and dishonorable in view of what some men will do to get it. In playing the game, people will scheme, beg, swap favors, cheat and shade the truth to win. You may work with people like that. These schemers may receive the same physical privileges, the same honor as those who are truly deservingalthough they did not win with true honor. But know that in the long run, they dont win. On the other hand, God is faithful to honor you when you act honorably. Thats because you are acting in something that originated in Him! He is honorable. So dont play the game! Live honorably with the honor that comes from God alone. Your rewards will be far greater and eternal…He guarantees it.Ecclesiastes 1-2; Psalm 16As I honor God, He honors me. 1 Samuel 2:30
Scripture Reading: Psalm 15