9th January 2012

Honoured From The Majestic Glory

“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me.”
John 12:26 (NIV)

The Queen of the United Kingdom honours her subjects for acts of service and achievement in various activities. Awards are given to individuals from all sections of society who have made a difference in their community. Honours lists are published twice a year at New Year and in mid-June on the date of the Queen’s official birthday. There are several awards. Two of the most well known awards are the O.B.E. and M.B.E. recognising achievements by members of the British public. God also honours his subjects for service in the community of faith—the Church. Jesus said that his Father will honour the one who serves him. “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’” (Matthew 25:40). To be honoured by God is far greater than receiving an O.B.E. or M.B.E. from the Queen of the United Kingdom. Being awarded an O.B.E. or M.B.E. is a great accomplishment, but it does not compare with being honoured by God for acts of service to others.

We too, can make a difference in our community by letting our light shine: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). As the children of God, we are members of a royal household (1 John 3:1-2; Ephesians 2:19). And to be honoured by the Father is a great blessing and privilege. Jesus, the greatest servant of all, has already been honoured. “He received honour and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased’” (2 Peter 1:17). As Christ lives in us, and we are in him, the Father is also well pleased with us, the children he loves. For Jesus is our only hope of honour and glory.

Prayer
Thank you Father, for sending your Son, who is my life and who intercedes in your presence on my behalf, doing for me what I cannot do for myself, bringing me to honour and glory.

Amen

Study by Sherwin Scott

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