Honor’s night will be on May 17th at 7:00 in V3.
We are very excited and looking forward to our Honor’s night program. Every year we dedicate this time to bless and honor VWCS students for their efforts and accomplishments.
This is one of the most anticipated events of the year at VWCS. However, when we think in the word “Honor,” it has so much meaning and power that we couldn’t avoid giving it some thought. How do we exercise honor in our everyday life? Not as a yearly, occasional, or sporadic response but as a lifestyle?
As parents one of our main goals is to teach and model our kids how to respect and honor one another. Many of us might use this popular Bible Scripture in Ephesian 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—“so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”This verse is surely popular among parents but also powerful, it’s the first commandment with promise.
Honor is almost an extinct virtue in the twenty-first century, but the concept still holds the power to move us. In movies a display of honor can inspire tears as courage and sacrifice are witnessed. We applaud it romantically, but where has it gone in everyday life? It is foreign to our generation, yet it is the key essential to receiving from God. For this reason, the enemy of our souls has sought to eliminate it from our way of life. It carries great rewards, rewards that God desires all of us to have.
A few years ago Victory World Church brought a special guest, Mr. John Bevere. In his amazing teaching “Honor’s Reward” he unveiled the powerful truth of an often-overlooked principle: The spiritual law of honor. Here’s some of the highlights:
“Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.” —2 John 8
We grow in the spirit when we obey God in tough times, not when the sun is shining. It’s in the storms of life, when we refuse to disobey or compromise what the Word of God says and we say, “All right, I’m going to obey no matter what it looks like.” When we do this, we develop Godly character and receive God’s reward. We never know when these test will come, but when we pass them they are life defining moments.
Did you know that God the Father, our Father, wants to reward us in this life? How do I know that? Because Proverbs 11:31 says, “The righteous will be rewarded in the earth.”
In Mark 6 we’re going to take a look at people who received full rewards, partial rewards, and no rewards. In Mark 6:5. “Now He,”— he being Jesus—“could do no mighty work there except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them.”
Does it say, “He wouldn’t do any mighty work”? Because if it said, “He wouldn’t,” that would deal with His will. The very fact that it said, “He couldn’t,” means what? It means He’s being restrained.
The key to why these people didn’t see any mighty works done in their midst by Jesus was because they didn’t give Him the honor He deserved. They withheld honor from Him and that’s why Jesus said, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, his own town, and his own house.” The key is honor.
Honor can be displayed in deed, in word and in thought, but all true honor originates from the heart. This is why God says in Isaiah 29:13, “This people draws near to me with their mouths and they honor me with their lips, but their hearts they have removed far from me and their fear toward me is taught by the precepts of men.” God is saying, “They honor me with their lips but their hearts are not with me.” So true honor originates from the heart.
As you scan the Gospels, you find others who received partial, full or no rewards. Each incident uniquely reflects their stewardship of honor. For some, there is a lack of due honor. For others, there is abundant honor and still for others there is a blatant dishonor. Like the Pharisees and teachers of the law as they approached Jesus. If honor isn’t immediately apparent in the passage, the pattern or principle yet remains. It is a spiritual law. Look at I Samuel 2:30. God declares “Those who honor me, I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed.”
How do we lead a lifestyle of honor? We stay humble in spirit, completely dependent on God, which is true humility. Proverbs 22:4 says this, “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor and life.” Do we want a full reward? Then, let’s walk in the fear of God and walk in humility all the days of our lives.
Let’s teach our children the value of the principle of honor. Once this truth is established in their heart, they can sincerely and more effectively honor their parents, classmates and teachers. Honor means to value. It means to see as weighty and precious. If the object of our honor is a person in authority, it also carries the meaning of respect and even reverence and honor will be attracted to you.
Join us on May 17th at 7:00 in V3! Let us be a generation that honors well!