Seventh Sunday after Pentecost July 12, 2015
Living a Life of Honor
John did not seek honor among other people. It was his delight to say concerning Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Though John did not seek it, he proved to be such a man of honor that even King Herod recognized it: “Herod feared John and protected him, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man” (Mark 6:20). As much as John frustrated Herod by publicly challenging his sinful lifestyle, Herod couldn’t help but admire the integrity of God’s servant.
Herod expected his subjects to regard him as a great king. John was a man in the wilderness who lived on a coarse diet and whose clothes were of the coarsest kind. But “Herod feared John.” John was more royal than royal Herod! His character made him the true king, as the nominal king trembled before him.
“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (1 Peter 2:12 NIV). Long before Peter penned these words, John lived them.
Consciously living a life of honor may not bring you great fortune, popularity, or prestige. In fact, you have to endure unwarranted criticism or false accusation from those who seek to stain a good reputation. Yet others will recognize the integrity of your actions. Your winsome witness will cause some to want to examine themselves and aspire to a better life.
And for some, they will look deeply into the depth of your character and find a God worthy of praise.
David Glasser, pastor, Safe Harbor Community Church, St. Michael, Minnesota