“A son honors his father, And a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honor? And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence? Says the Lord of hosts To you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’ʼ (Malachi 1:6)
What does it mean to honour God with our lives? Think about how parents feel when their children perform well at school… When this happens, there is a natural desire to honour them. But how about when parents receive a bad report? That immediate desire to honour their children is not there! Many children dishonour their parents, however if we honour them, as it is written, there is a promise that we will live long (see Ephesians 6:3).
It is exactly the same with God. We honour or dishonour God through our actions. When we sin, lie, disrespect people or authorities, indulge in piracy (buy or watch pirate movies…), go to wrong places, we are dishonouring God and as a consequence we will be dishonoured. We will not enjoy the life that God has promised to those who honour Him. That’s why our lives are the result of the actions we undertake on a daily basis. For instance, if a husband dishonours his wife even his prayers will be disrupted as the Word of God teaches (see 1 Peter 3:7).
It’s our obligation to live a life that honours God; as servants, parents, children, wives, husbands, etc. Everyday we must analyse and check to see whether or not we are pleasing and honouring Him. Are we really giving the best of ourselves to Him or are we despising Him? If we turn our backs on Him, are we bringing Him honour or shame?
Being a Christian, doesn’t mean we automatically honour God. What honours God the most is His children living their lives far from sin. That means, even if people persecute us or entice us to do what is wrong, we don’t turn to the right or to the left. Instead, we choose to live a live a life of daily sacrifice because as long as God is pleased with us this is what matters.
Remember, it’s not because Jesus died for us that we have a free pass to sin. Yes, we are saved by grace but only those who live a life that is in accordance to His Word, will eventually be saved.
We are living the last days and end is just around the corner. Who are those that will be ready for the rapture? Those who live their lives honouring God and shunning the deceits of this world. Although, it is not easy, God sees our intention when we Honour Him and if we choose to keep on perserving despite what is going on around us, He will honour us both here on Earth and most importantly in Heaven.