What happened to respect?
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” – Revelation 5:12
The one thing that causes me to become angry and stumble the most is the overwhelming lack of respect that people have for one another in our modern age; even more so, the lack of respect that many have toward God. It really shouldn’t shock us that people have no respect for anyone else in our egocentric world.
Jesus inherited honor from God. What is honor? As a noun, honor is a state of being morally upright, honest, noble, virtuous and magnanimous. Jesus has inherited all of those things from the Father. As a verb, honor is a show of respect. The very fact that the host of heaven are crying out that the Lamb who was slain is worthy to receive honor is a demonstration of their show of respect toward Him.
In essence, as we clothe ourselves in Jesus, we’re looking at a double edged sword. We should strive to be honorable, but not be so wrapped up in securing our own honor that we neglect showing proper respect for our Lord. If we fail to look outside of ourselves and focus on honoring Jesus, we will ultimately fail at being honorable.