I just finished Honor’s Reward by John Bevere. This book teaches a principle that is increasingly rare in western culture and, I am sad to say, in many churches as well.
Matthew 10:40-42 serves as a rough outline for the books main points.
Jesus teaches his disciples that they should honor all; the One who sent Him, the prophet, the righteous man, and the little ones. Bevere makes the parallel to us today showing the importance of giving honor to God, honor to those that have authority over us, honor to our peers, and honor to those who are under our care.
We are no longer a nation and a society of honor (generally speaking). There is often a disrespect for the house of God, the man of God, and the Word of God. Employees constantly complain of the treatment of their employers, employers take advantage of their employees. Children disobey and disrespect their parents and parents do not properly honor their children according to the Word of God.
Bevere points out, and I believe he is right, that this issue of honor plays a major role in the blessings of God in our lives. When we show honor to God, to the man of God, to God’s Word, and to our fellow-man, it opens the door for God to work in our lives in the manner which He desires.
Time for an honor check! Where do you need to do better? Honor God. Honor those in authority over you. Honor your peers. Honor those under your authority.