Thanks for taking the time over the course of this weekend to take part in our Honour:Spiritual Renewal Weekend. As I recap on the weekend and what I want to see us take away from it, I really believe that we need to recap the Biblical concept of Honour:
Biblical honour is determined solely by the redeeming power of Christ in us. It is not determined by our actions, our worthiness, our potential, our looks, our wealth, our talents and abilities, our desires….nothing that we do can make us worthy. Ephesians 2:4-9 says that we are made alive by the richness of Christ, redeemed according to His grace and not according to our works. Just as we have been made worthy by Christ, so has the person next to us been made worthy of honour (ascribed worthiness) as well. Speaking of honour within the church, we have been called into the royal priesthood of believers (1 Peter 2:9), and we should communicate and honour one another according to our redeemed spirits and not according to our flesh.
Secular honour differs greatly from Biblical honour. Secular honour states that people are made worthy based on their achievements, their successful upholding of the law, their social standing, their family name…things like that! People operating in accordance with secular honour within the church operate as Law Enforcers, ensuring that the church, full of sinful, imperfect people is always seen as orderly, perfect, and representing a perfect picture of holiness and cleanliness. The Pharisees were perfect examples of this, as they were more concerned with the maintenance of the law than they were the dignity and restoration of the people.
Remember that in the story of the Woman Caught in Adultery (John 8:1-11), Jesus did three things:
1. He protected the vulnerable person
2. He diffused the situation
3. He set the woman straight and on her way
Friends, this is a model of Biblical Honour. It is not saying that there is no accountability, because there is! It is saying that we will operate, forgive, and re-trust people in line with the way that Jesus did. Is there a risk of that woman re-offending? Most definitely! Would Jesus forgive her and do the same process over and over? Every time, because He does it for us every day.
Blessings on you guys. Thanks for taking part in the weekend.