Last year I had the opportunity to share some of the revelation that God was showing us regarding creating a culture of honor. (Scroll down to view Part 1). As we step into a new year, we wanted to bring attention back to this topic in order to dig in a little deeper. As we consider this topic again, I pray that we will allow God to evaluate and transform us in this area of thinking, as He reveals more of the fullness of His will for our relationships with one another.
As we first examined the concepts of Biblical honor, we learned that honor is having “this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 2:5) It is having the same love, thoughts, behaviors and actions toward others as Christ has for us. In light of this, honor should be the foundation for how we form our actions, words, thoughts and decisions in our relationships. Seeing others through the lens of honor requires an entire mindset shift about the position we hold in relationship to one another and the kingdom of heaven. Receiving and understanding the position of honor that God has granted us is necessary before we are able to give the same honor away. And when we actually do fully receive the position of honor that God has granted us through His Son, everything is touched by it’s effects.
If you are a born-again believer in Christ, I want to continue by reminding you of a few things. You have been given a brand new identity. (2 Cor. 2:17) You are no longer dead in sin, you are now alive in Christ. (Col. 1:13) You are no longer bound to sin, you are free from it. (Rom. 6:6) You are no longer a mere man or woman - living for yourself; You are a chosen ambassador for the kingdom of heaven on the earth - His life living through you. (2 Cor. 5:20) I remind you of these things because we will never be able to stand in our true identity and purpose unless we first know and receive them from God.
As the body of Christ, we are the glory (or expressed knowledge) of God on the earth. When God originally created man, He put His very life (breath) in man. We were designed to be an exact reflection of His heart and kingdom on the earth. Man’s sin marred this image, but when Christ took sin upon Himself and overcame death, He restored God’s image back to those who put their faith in Him. These truths help us to understand WHY honor must be a foundational practice and mindset in all of our relationships. Loving one another through honor is a primary desire of God’s heart for His people because it is a natural reflection of Him. The cultures we develop at our churches, homes, friendships, on our twitter feeds or trips to the grocery store are to literally mirror heaven, as His life is lived through us.
Colossians 2:6-7 says “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” I want us to take this passage to heart and respond in obedience in this area of loving one another through honor. Will you join me in purposing to develop a culture of honor in the relationships around you? If so, it is going to take intention, faith and surrender.
Actively pursue the knowledge of God and His kingdom by studying His Word and spending time talking with and listening to Him. If we are to reflect His heart, we must know and understand it!
By faith, put on the new image we have been gifted through Christ. Choose to believe that you are appointed, able, and purposed for the giving of His kingdom to the world. Receive His love for you so that you can give it away to those around you in like manner.
As we walk by faith, we allow His life to be lived through us. Enjoy the miraculous grace that comes from swift obedience to God’s promptings in your heart and mind concerning your thinking, speech and actions toward others. Continually surrender your own life to His life in you.
The process of learning about Biblical honor has taught me that I still have a lot to learn, but I know that just means that there is freedom ahead! My mind is in need of renewal, therefore I have learned to continue in the pursuit of understanding while Holy Spirit is transforming me. Will you join me?
We would love to hear what God is speaking to you in this area. Please let us know what He is showing you and how you are applying it in your own life!
Jessica Busboom is the Director of Oceans Edge School of Worship, and the Worship Leader for Eikon, both ministries of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. She is an amazing wife, friend, sister, daughter, and mentor to many.