The reward of humility and the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life (Proverbs 22:4)
He who earnestly seeks after and craves righteousness, mercy, and loving-kindness will find life in addition to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) and honor (Proverbs 21:21).
When God honors you, life becomes completely secured in all angles.
Three (3) things to watch out for always
1. Live daily by honouring and worshiping God
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness--trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never]. 15He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation (Psalm 91:14).
Only God can honour you: In Psalm 111, verse 5. The bibles says ‘He (God) has given food and provision to those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him; He will remember His covenant forever and imprint it [on His mind]’. Your honor will come by the continuous reverence of God and His Word daily, no man, minister or Pastor can issue you a certificate of true honour.
In Psalm 111, verse 10 the bibles says ‘the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endures for ever. When the fear of the Lord leads you, you will be wise, discerning spiritual counsel
2. Practice Humility
Humility or humbleness is a quality of being courteously respectful of others. It is the opposite of aggressiveness, arrogance, boastfulness, and vanity. Rather than, “Me first,” humility allows us to say, “No, you first, my friend.” Humility is the quality that lets us go more than halfway to meet the needs and demands of others
In Proverbs 11, verse 2. The bible says ‘when swelling and pride come, then emptiness and shame come also, but with the humble (those who are lowly, who have been pruned or chiseled by trial, and renounce self) are skillful and godly Wisdom and soundness’.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Humility gives you wisdom (knowledge from God) it means putting God and other persons ahead of our own selfish interests. As with other aspects of wisdom, humility will gain us much more than we sacrifice. Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life. (NIV, Proverbs 22:4)
“But the greatest among you shall be your servant.”And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. (NAS, Matthew 23:11-12)
And [Jesus] called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.”Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (NAS, Matthew 18:2-4)
3. Honour thy father and thy mother
Honor (esteem and value as precious) your father and your mother–this is the first commandment with a promise (Eph 6:2).
Regard (treat with honor, due obedience, and courtesy) your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land the Lord your God gives you (Exodus 20:12).
This, you should always keep to heart!
Do to others as you would have them do to you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. (NIV, Luke 6:31-35)
Success: A phenomenon we all chase so hard that we are sometimes totally blind to the very reason of our existence. Sometimes very blind to the actual reason we were put in that (successful) position. Blind to the reason we have been equipped with that experience, that opportunity and sometimes the reason that we have been able to put extra away for the rainy day.
I was at a dinner party a couple of weekends ago and we got talking about business, money, success, power, wealth and all the wonderful things we all wake up daily, enlisting in employment so that we can achieve and suddenly it struck me that a lot of us have it totally twisted.
I have heard and seen (and I am sure you have too) so many teachings, trainings, seminars etc on how to achieve such things and it makes you wonder what the reason behind the hope to acquire so much is.
There are so many who have extra but will not give away to assist those who simply stand no chance to get enough for living. Entities with massive amounts of assets, income streams and financial abilities sometimes managed or headed by just one individual who is also leading a huge number of people the same way. Building a society that is supposed to be excellent but when you look closely, there are people in pain, suffering in their mist and around them. I mean, how do you build such a huge presence around you but not be known for any good deeds such as opening your doors to the motherless, homeless, sick, those in pain and so on. We know them for their wealth, excellence in what they do, ability to reproduce wealth but we don’t know them for enough good deeds equating their earthly success and achievements.
I beg you to consider Matthew 25:31-40
When the Son of Man comes in His glory (His majesty and splendor), and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32All nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them [the people] from one another as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats; 33And He will cause the sheep to stand at His right hand, but the goats at His left. 34Then the King will say to those at His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father [you] favored of God and appointed to eternal salvation], inherit (receive as your own) the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you brought Me together with yourselves and welcomed and entertained and lodged Me, 36I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me with help and ministering care, I was in prison and you came to see Me. 37Then the just and upright will answer Him, Lord, when did we see You hungry and gave You food, or thirsty and gave You something to drink? 38And when did we see You a stranger and welcomed and entertained You, or naked and clothed You? 39And when did we see You sick or in prison and came to visit You? 40And the King will reply to them, Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least [in the estimation of men] of these My brethren, you did it for Me.
Be known for good deeds, seek to assist those who don’t have, they are not hard to find because they are everywhere around you. You could join us to mentor inmates via letter writing in the prisons we visit, you could assist with EAG and you could also work with your church social Responsibility. If your church doesn’t have one, perhaps this is a call for you to start one. GOD IS LOVE, so should we.