[mk_dropcaps style="fancy-style"]T[/mk_dropcaps]o fully honor someone means there must be a deep level of gratitude for them in our hearts. It is easy to go through the actions of honor without actually feeling it. It is noticeable when you don't feel it. The words of honor you say when you actually feel them carry weight, where as when it is going through the motions they feel like fluff. What changes the words from empty to carrying significance? A heart that is overflowing in gratitude. As the post Joy-Fuel touched on, where there is gratitude, entitlement can not grow. Pride may try and creep in by making you believe you could do it better, but a beautiful side effect of gratitude is protection against this. There is humility cultivated in your heart when you realize that just as God put unique gifts in you, He put them in each of us. When you humble yourself to honor the gifts inside another, you are honoring the one who put them there. The thing we fear is what we end up bowing to. Why not operate in the fear of the Lord and bow only to the creator of the universe? He is the only one with absolutely pure intentions. With this truth in mind it becomes clear that a vital precursor to fearing the Lord is a grateful heart. God is waiting for us to mature our gratitude past the level that is appreciative of the "stuff" we accumulate. He is encouraging us and showing us the richness that awaits as our gratitude steps up in reverence to honor the one whom all blessings flow. You see gratitude is just a prerequisite step into true honor. The two can not be separated. Both are vital because they bring us into the very presence of our Lord and ensure we walk in true freedom.
As we close out this month on gratitude lets not leave it at a few words of thanks to our loved ones. No doubt that was powerful and created fun memories for you over thanksgiving weekend. But to carry this forward to a new level raise your level of gratitude from a heart position to operating in the fear of the Lord. This means being led only by Him, and honoring those who serve Him. This means all leaders in your life (for it is the Lord only who promotes), especially your parents. You will find this is a powerful practice. Not for who you are honoring, (though that may happen), but for what it does to the health of your heart. Ephesians 6:2-3 plainly states it:
[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]“ Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with a promise: "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth."[/mk_blockquote]
Stand on this truth even if the first response you get is not positive. Your obedience is less about their response, and more about strengthening your trust and faith in our Heavenly Father. It is about your health. How else will you live out the destiny He placed in you if you are unwilling to be obedient when he leads?
On that thought, I want to honor and thank you directly. I do not take lightly the privilege it is to speak into your life. Thank you for trusting me enough to let me words in. Beloved friend, you are the powerful child of the Lord of Lords. He placed extra-ordinary within your ordinary frame. You are divinely made for greatness. I pray my words go beyond good thought into your heart to stir up your confidence. Now is the time to step out and put to practice the greatness within you. Not only do you need it to live fulfilled. We are all counting on it. The generations to come are counting on it. If God thought it important enough to give you breath, there is MORE impact and influence for you to make that is necessary for us all to live and operate in true health.