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Realms to Honor God

Key Scripture:

1 Samuel 2:30 (KJV)”… for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.”

SUMMARY

The Bible tells us that we have been called to live before the Lord as a family. The Lord gives us this Biblical principle wherein He honors those who honor Him. There are many ways we have received honor from the Lord but usually fail to honor Him in the way that He really deserves. This Sermon helps us understand the different areas in our lives we ought to honor God.

SERMON POINTS

God is worthy of all honor.

1 Samuel 2:30 (KJV)  Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

The Sovereign Lord is worthy of all honor and praise. Therefore it is never really our choice whether to live before Him or not. We need to always give merit to His sovereignty and offer Him the praise due to His Holy Name.

This statement the Lord is telling Eli, the priest at Shiloh. He wanted Eli and his household to serve before Him all the days of their lives. There was a generational call of God over their lives. However, they failed to honor God and they despised His word by disobeying it; this forced God to change His ordained plan.

Similarly there are many instances wherein we tend to take God lightly and that is a dangerous zone to be in.

In this sermon we can see 4 areas of our lives wherein God wants us to honor Him thoroughly.

Areas where we can honor God.

  1. In our Leadership:

 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)   But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

Eli and his sons were priests called to stand on behalf of the people before God, to offer sacrifices and bless them.

The Bible calls all of us priests. No matter what our designation is, our first duty is to stand as priests before the Lord, every day taking the place to worship and thanking God on behalf of your family, community, company, etc.

Revelation 1:5,6 (KJV)  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

 God has washed us with His precious blood to make us all kings and priests. How are we faring in this role of a priest?

We shouldn’t despise our leadership as Eli’s sons did, wherein they used their leadership to fill their stomachs.

Esau despised his birthright and sold it for a morsel of food, because of which he lost his position in God’s kingdom. (Heb 12:16)

Every decision we make is a priestly decision, carrying God’s stamp of authority and  dignity. Our leadership must honor God.

  1. In our Stewardship:

 1 Samuel 2:17 (KJV)  Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord: for men abhorred the offering of the Lord

The sons of Eli despised the precious things the people of God brought as offerings to the house of God.

God has given us an important task of stewardship. We are responsible for all that God has given us, be it family, money or work.

We need to take care of them as per the instructions given to us in God’s Word. We should be able to do as God’s Word requires without questioning it and we must take care never to reject or forsake the responsibility God has given us and thereby the Lord will be honored.

  1. In our Relationships:

 1 Samuel 2:29 (KJV) Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?

 God accuses Eli for honoring his children more than God. Who in our lives is honored more than God is a question every person should ask.

We need to bring honor to God in our relationships. The Lord requires our sexual lives to be pure.

Eli’s sons caused offense to God’s people by having illegitimate relationships with women who came to serve at the entrance to the tabernacle. (1 Sam 2:12,24,25)

Hebrews 13:4 (KJV)  Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

Marriage is honorable in God’s sight. God commands us to keep the marriage bed pure. Otherwise we will succumb to the judgment of God.

2 Timothy 2:20-23 (KJV)  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.  Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.

 In 2 Timothy 2:20-23 we read that it lies in God’s jurisdiction whom He would use for honorable purposes. To be a vessel of honor the Lord requires us to follow faith, righteousness, peace, charity and a pure heart. Let’s honor God in our relationships by not departing from the ways of the Lord.

  1. In our Worship:

 1 Samuel 4:4 (KJV)  So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

 Hophni and Phinehas were called to be priests and worship Him. On the day of the battle they worshiped so loud that the earth beneath them shook but that was the last time they ever did anything for God.

The Lord laments in Isaiah 29:13 about people who praise Him with their lips but their hearts are far away. Worship should come from the heart and not just a lip service.

 Romans 12:2 (KJV)   And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

 Worship is not just about the singing or the gathering. True worship is when you are living a life of worship. By following His will and doing only what God approves, we honor God in our worship.

CONCLUSION.

There is a call of God on all our lives and our families to live before Him continually. This is only a possibility if we honor the Lord. We, in our fast-paced lifestyle, tend to take God and His work lightly, we treat His love and mercy with low esteem. Let’s turn that around and live in a way that we honor the Lord in every area of our lives.

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