Honorable Living

Rick Beckett

"...for we have regard for what is honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men." (2 Corinthians 8:21)
Paul is encouraging the church at Corinth to be a church that gives to others. A church that is not just focused on a self-centered agenda, but one that cares for the poor and the other churches that might not be as prosperous.

Then Paul reveals an overarching principle. He writes, "we have regard for what is honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men."

As a light to our world, the impressions that Christians leave behind must represent Jesus, and they must be honorable.
Somewhere along the line, Christians as a whole have stopped trying to be honorable in the sight of men. We care about God and ourselves, and we somehow stop caring about what the world thinks. Pretty soon it warps us into breaking laws to make a religious point, it causes us to have an "Us vs. Them" attitude, and quite frankly, it gives us a bad name.

Not only is it important to be honorable in the sight of God, but we must be honorable in the sight of man too.

I used to work in the restaurant business, and Christians always had the worst reputation as tippers. Why is that? I remember that one of my fellow employees got so excited because they found a 20-dollar bill on the table. The excitement quickly turned into anger as they picked up the bill to see that it was fake with the words, "this could have been money but it's something better....John 3:16."

The message is good, but why no tip? Wouldn't a tip have showed that you care about feeding a hard worker?

It's good for us to serve the Lord, and to serve Him and not the opinions of man. But part of serving the Lord is doing what is honorable in the sight of man. Respecting others, listening, being aware of how we are perceived, etc. We must not carry an "Us vs. Them" attitude, but rather an "I love Them" attitude, and as Christians we must set the example for being honorable in a society, because we represent Jesus.
Father, help me not to be concerned just for Christianity. I want to love all people. I want to be someone who is honorable in the community, in my neighborhood, wherever I go, because I represent You. May I not live in a bubble, but I pray that I live honorably in front of you, and in front of man.

In Jesus Name,

Devotions for April 08

1 Samuel 3,4,5
Psalm 77
2 Corinthians 8

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