Why honor is so important for a church, part I

“This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me…” Matthew 15:8

There comes a moment in the life of every Christian where we need to decide if we will follow a self serving religious path or the path of discipleship. One creates a false sense of our own self in Christ, while the latter pronounces that following Jesus requires the ultimate sacrifice: putting your desires aside for the sake of Christ.

It is imperative to acknowledge the truth in Jesus’ words. It’s true that there are people who exist who are satisfied with singing the songs and who avoid the Christian stigmas of cursing and drinking. Yet their hearts do not reflect a life that honors God– that desires to live out the meaning of the words they sing on Sunday.

The thesaurus reveals the word honor to have several synonyms, such as to esteem, respect, to pay homage to, or to assign high value towards. In Greek, honor is translated from the word “timao” which Strong’s defines as “to prize, i.e. fix a valuation upon; by implication, to revere.” In sum, to honor something is to demonstrate respect because of the high value we place on something or someone.

And this is how we should feel towards Christ!

Jesus is trying to teach us that true worship is in “spirit and truth” (John 4:24). It is not just something to appease our religiosity. We worship because out of the great value we place on Christ. We worship because there is nothing greater than him. We honor the Lord because the Lord is worthy.

As Revelation 4:11 teaches us: “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.

The question is simple… do you really honor God? In your life do you place a higher value on God than you do on yourself? Is your honor to God limited to just words or do you honor God with the actions that demonstrate your belief in those words?