Lessons From Shunem: Honor

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Matthew 10:41a (NET): Whoever receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. (Read 2 Kings 4:8-17).

Honour is a key virtue in God’s kingdom. It comes from discerning the grace of God and placing the right value on it. Jesus spoke often about it and the apostles did too in the epistles. Honour, as the Bible teaches it, is not just about the person, it is about the authority and grace of God on that person. Again, Bible honor is not just respect; it also manifests in acts of service. In Matthew 15 verses 4 to 6, Jesus referencing honor for parents illustrated it with giving. Apostle Paul did the same in 1 Timothy 5:17&18.

The woman in Shunem (2 Kings 4:8-10) provides us a great lesson in honor. Firstly, she insisted and persuaded Elisha to have a meal in her house every time he passed by. Secondly, she made renovations in her house and bought extra furniture so as to accommodate Elisha. She said: Why don’t we add on a small room upstairs and furnish it with a bed and desk, chair and lamp, so that when he comes by he can stay with us (vs 10 MSG).

Note that she didn’t do this because Elisha was a hungry homeless man. Rather read verse 9: “I’m certain,” said the woman to her husband, “that this man who stops with us all the time is a holy man of God” (MSG).

She did it simply because he was a man of God. Not as charity, not for a blessing, not for her needs or selfish ends but for honor sake.

Honour allows for the power of God to flow effectively in our lives. In Mark 6:1-6, you see Jesus could do no mighty works in his own hometown. They failed to discern him as the Son of God but as the son of the carpenter. Their lack of honor festered and fostered unbelief. In contrast, in the story of the centurion (Matt 8:1-13), he rightly discerned the authority and the grace of Jesus and Jesus commended his great faith and his servant was healed.

Go into today determined to make honor your lifestyle, always being ready to give honor where it is due, not for eye-service, but for honor’s sake. This is one of the keys to unleashing the power of the divine life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me give honor to whom it is due and help me receive the reward thereof. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

—Ikechukwu Mpama
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