For them that honour me I will honour.
1 Samuel 2:30
A Prophet Without Honour
Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay His hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.
When Jesus went to His home town of Nazareth, accompanied by His disciples on the Sabbath day, He began to teach in the synagogue. The people in the town knew Him from His childhood to be an ordinary little boy, born to a carpenter. Knowing His origin, they identified Him as the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon and as Mary’s son. As a result of their prejudiced mind set, when they heard Him teach the word, instead of recognizing His true identity and receiving Him as the Messiah, the people rejected Him. They disapproved of Jesus and treated Him with contempt, not giving Him the respect and honour that was due to Him.
Jesus could not do the mighty works in His own birth place as in other towns, not because He was lacking in the manifestation of His power but because of the people’s unbelief. They rejected Him and spoke against Him because of their mistrust, with the result that Jesus soon left their town.
We, too, can lose a great blessing and fail to see the miracles that God intends to work in our lives if we fail to give honour where honour is due. The definition for honour is to esteem highly. In other words, when we consider God as the most valuable thing in our life and esteem Him highly, He will withhold no good thing from us. His word promises in 1 Samuel 2:30, “Those who honour me I will honour.” Today, let us give honour to God from our hearts and the blessings that flow from Him will be a testimony in our homes, our workplace, our talents, our finances, our lives.
May the life that You have given me, honour You every single moment of the day. You are far more valuable than the treasures of this earth and I have no greater honour than to serve You. Amen.
God bless you,
Theo and Manju