“8He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?”
Someone asked me today, “How can I honour God?” It seems like such a simple question! The greatest commandment is love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength. So, just do that and you’re fine. In answering this person’s question I realised that while the general principle is simple, often the lines in our lives are blurred and we find ourselves doing what isn’t the worst thing, but definitely not the best.. We find ourselves asking, “What is permissible?” as opposed to “What honours God?”
How can we go from the bare minimum, to giving our everything?
Here’s what I’m thinking, and it’s the beginning of the thoughts forming, and trying to make this idea of honouring God into a lifestyle…
1. Spend time with God.
That means you pick up the Bible, and read it. Not just skim a chapter but really let it sink in. Colossians 3 says we should let the word of Christ dwell richly in us, and that happens when we read it and let God change our hearts through it. That also means we pray in that time – give God our worries, our hopes and align our will to his. It means we think beyond our story and into God’s.
2. Commit to Community
Spend time with God’s people. Not just on a Sunday inside the church walls, but drink coffee, go to the beach, go to the movies, and live life together. We’re made for relationship, and if God’s giving you a community of people… why not honour him by serving them, and letting them serve you?
3. Forget You!
Pick up paper from the floor. Comfort a crying friend. Wash the dishes that you didn’t dirty. A God-honouring life isn’t about you – it’s about God.
4. Speak Up.
Tell people about Jesus. It seems so simple, but our purpose here is to be Christ’s ambasadors and we do that by proclaiming his name to those around us. You can’t love without reason, so share the reason and don’t be timid about it. Don’t tell them to listen to some sermon, but say something. Let them know they’re loved. It’s simple!
That’s the current place of my thought. Mostly, it’s putting God before you – who’d have thought, right?
More on that later, I think.