The Honor Paradox

26 04 2015

“If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”  John 12:26

True or False? The servant is not the one who is honored, but rather is the one who does the honoring. Trick question, its both true and false. Genuinely serving others is an act of humility and is not about getting a pat on the back; it is about honoring or placing others before ourselves.  However, we find this paradox in Christian service: because of the high value God has placed on serving, this act of honoring others through our service does indeed go full circle and brings honor back to us. In fact, I would say the honor we receive from serving is the greatest honor of all because it comes from God Himself!

Do we serve because God will honor us? No, that is not to be our motivation, but it is the outcome if we serve with a pure heart and a commitment to simply follow Him. Because He serves, we naturally will serve too.

By Paul Hansen


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