By Blake Higginbotham
1 Peter 2: 9 – 17 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10who once were not a people but are now the people of Yahweh, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. 11Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. 13Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for Yahshua’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.15For this is the will of Yahweh, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men 16as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of Yahweh.17Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear Yahweh. Honor the king.
Honor – G5091 τιμάω timaō tim-ah’-o – to prize, that is, fix a valuation upon; by implication to revere:—honour, value.
Honor – Is the value that others place on you as a person and your worth will be determined by the weight of the contribution you make in their lives. Bestowing or conferring honor on another dignifies them with a sense of great worth. Highly esteeming one another is to be prized as precious and valuable.
John 4:44 – For Yahshua Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. 45So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, having seen all the things He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they also had gone to the feast.
Note: Yahshua Himself recognized that He was without honor in his own country; but that does not mean that He was not honored and highly esteemed by others. His priceless value may not have been recognized by those in his own country; but wherever He was received, His great worth was realized.
[Ex. He was worth His salt and His weight in gold!]
John 5:19-23 Then Yahshua answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. 22For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
Note: This also applies to the sent ones who come to us by appointment or assignment, and it is not limited to the ordained ministry gifts of Yahshua to the Ekklesia. Also, in no way does it exclude or devalue the contributions that we share corporately. Receiving sent ones requires receiving gifts of men. With receiving gifts of men, we are receiving the message and burden they carry. Therefore, when we receive gifts, we receive men, as well as the empowering grace of their message. Within these gifts come anointings that have the power to break every yoke of bondage off of our lives and the benefit of being properly trained and equipped for the real works of service is truly priceless.
Note: Honor is not about taking authority or lording over Yahweh’s people. It is not about forcing others to honor and respect your office, gift and part. It is not about demanding that others highly esteem you over another, nor is it about bestowing honor on someone out of obligation. Honor and respect are earned and mutually shared and embraced; they are not the man-given rights or privileges of a few aristocratic demi-gods.
John 5:31-44 “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. 32There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. 33You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. 35He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light. 36But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. 37And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. 38But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. 39You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.
40But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. 41“I do not receive honor from men. 42But I know you, that you do not have the love of Yahweh in you. 43I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. 44How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only Yahweh?
John 8:54-56 – Yahshua answered, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your Elohim.
Render honor to whom honor is due…
Romans 13: 1-7 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from Yahweh, and the authorities that exist are appointed by Yahweh. 2Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of Yahweh, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4For he is Yahweh’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is Yahweh’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are Yahweh’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
1 Peter 5: 1-7 I have a special concern for you church leaders. I know what it’s like to be a leader, in on Christ’s sufferings as well as the coming glory. 2Here’s my concern: that you care for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd. Not because you have to, but because you want to please God. Not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously. 3Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way. 4When God, who is the best shepherd of all, comes out in the open with his rule, he’ll see that you’ve done it right and commend you lavishly. 5And you who are younger must follow your leaders. But all of you, leaders and followers alike, are to be down to earth with each other, for—God has had it with the proud, But takes delight in just plain people.
6So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. 7Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.
Bestowing and conferring honor on the lessor parts;
1 Corinthians 12:12-26 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Messiahs. 13For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14For in fact the body is not one member but many.15If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18But now Yahweh has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19And if they were all one member, where would the body be?20But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24but our presentable parts have no need. But Yahweh composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
[I remember a time not too long ago, when apostles and prophets were treated like unimportant, insignificant parts of the body of Messiah. I have also lived long enough to see them elevated to prominence and received at some level]
My concern is two-fold. 1). The prophetic has a tendency to assume that just because they saw or heard something from a far, off that they have a right to stake a claim in it when it comes to fruition 2). The apostolic has a tendency to assume that just because it is their turn at bat, that they are the only player in the dug-out and therefore the only ones who can bring us home. J
My position is both of them are mistaken, and just because the prophetic saw and heard something from a far off is no indication that they have squatter’s rights, or control for the moment. Instead, they should be identifying the apostolic fathers and directing sons to make the connection while coming into agreement with the greater apostolic/Kingdom purpose. The apostolic also needs to understand the importance and significance of the all of the ministry gifts of Yahshua to the Ekklesia, and work to reform the structure and restore our rightful place in the work.
In recent months, I have come to a better conclusion concerning the ongoing work and training and equipping the saints for the real works of service. That said I am not sure at this point, if we are ready to hear and embrace the reality of that conclusion. At this point it suffices to say that while we are making some headway it looks like we are way too comfortable with the present operation, and turning up the heat may be necessary to burn out of us the dross that so easily clogs the pipes of forward progress, and limits the advancement of the Kingdom.
Romans 12:9-13 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.10Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. TLB
Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good.10Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. TMSG
Honor- G5092 τιμή timē tee-may’ From G5099; a value, that is, money paid, or (concretely and collectively) valuables; by analogy esteem (especially of the highest degree), or the dignity itself:—honour, precious, price, some.