Let Honor Meet Honor

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You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.

Aristotle

Matthew 6:1-6

The Message (MSG)

The World Is Not a Stage

6 “Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.

2-4 “When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—‘playactors’ I call them—treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.

Pray with Simplicity

5 “And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?

6 “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.

I’ve always been impressed by the solemn, magnificent simplicity of the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. The carefully choreographed event is a moving tribute to soldiers whose names and sacrifice are “Know but to God.”

Equally moving are the private moments of steady pacing when the crowds are gone: back and forth, hour after hour, day by day, in even the worst weather. In September 2003, Hurricane Isabel was bearing down on Washington, DC, my home town, and the guards were told they could seek shelter during the worst of the storm. Surprising almost no one, the guards refused! They unselfishly stood their post to honor their fallen comrades even in the face of a hurricane.

Underlying Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6:1-6, I believe, is His desire for us to live with an unrelenting, selfless devotion to Him. The Bible calls us to good deeds and holy living, but these are to be acts of worship and obedience, not orchestrated acts for self-glorification. The Apostle Paul endorses this whole-life faithfulness when he pleads with us to live unto God.

May our private and public moments speak of our devotion and wholehearted commitment to you, Lord. The more we serve Christ, the less we will swerve self.

Grant us the strength this day, O Lord, to persevere, to return honor to your name where we are serving. Our desire is to give our self in selfless devotion because of your love for us.

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2 thoughts on “Let Honor Meet Honor

    Bron Jacobs said:
    May 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    From Your Pastor B.V. Jacobs – Always encouraged by your insightful words. Don’t allow all of this wisdom to escape the printed page. You need to write a book. – I speak that into your life!

    Blessings

      blessedaaron08 responded:
      May 30, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Praise God beloved pastor. Getting your time and encouragement speaks volumes to me right now. out of all the associations God has blessed me to be in alignment with across the various faith bases I am elated to hear from the keeper of my soul. I have not quenched my hope that my uhmah has forgotten May & I. I look forward to some feed-back from those whom I share with and getting this from you has made me happy and justifies what God is doing in and through my vessel. I am in hot pursuit of getting published and when He wills it you will get the first book off the press.

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