If God Is Your Father, Then Where Is His Honor?
If God is your Father what does that mean for you as His child? Does that shape how you treat neighbors, spouse, children, and life? If you name the name of Christ then the way you live life should honor God. We get great training in honoring God by the way we honor our father and mother. In the Bible, Exodus 20:12 we find the given commandment, "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." As God's people, we are commanded to honor our father and mother. But what does honor mean? In Hebrew, the word is "Kabad" which means be heavy, be weighty, be grievous, be hard, be rich, be honourable, be glorious, be burdensome, be honoured.
"Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee."
To give honor means to give importance/weight to something. When something holds weight or is heavy it seems to swallow up all of your attention. Like a sudden death in the family, getting that job you hoped for, or your wedding day.
When it comes to God, when we give honor, we give weight to Him. We give extreme reverence, importance, and esteem to Him. He is the truth, the light, and the way as a good father should be.
When I was coming up one of the reasons we obeyed because we knew our behavior was a reflection of my father and mother, their union, and my household. When we obey our parents we are showing them great honor. And in turn showing honor to God. Dad and mom communicated their wishes for how we are to conduct ourselves and we complied, not always willingly.
That's why I call on godly men, we MUST live lives that honor our parents and most of all our Father. This instruction paints a beautiful picture to youthful minds about obedience, honor and respect. By demonstrating a lifestyle of honor to God, neighbors, spouses, and children will in turn do the same by God's grace. Why? Because they will see obedience, sincerity, compassion, and righteousness. Our Father in heaven exudes judgement, equity, integrity and love; we as His offspring in the Spirit should do the same.