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Honor All People

A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house. [Mark 6:4]

Knowledge to Build On:  The key word in the scripture is honor.  Jesus’ hometown folks didn’t treat Him as valuable.  Instead, they saw one of their own; just an ordinary local man from Nazareth.  Therefore, there was nothing notable that occurred in Nazareth.  Think of it.  Jesus - -the Son of God, is sent to heal the sick and all who were oppressed of the devil; but He cannot fulfill this commission, not because it wasn’t God’s will, but because they restricted Him by withholding honor.

What does  “honor” mean?  The Greek word for honor is time. (tee-mee)  When you speak of the word time to a Greek man, he thinks of something valuable, precious, weighty, such as gold.

Life in the Now:  Has there ever been anyone in your life that you didn’t think deserved to be honored?  Perhaps it was your parents, husband or wife, boss, or a church leader.

1 Peter 2:17 makes a point of saying that we are to “honor all people.”  Surely, Peter can’t mean rude and obnoxious people, not to mention those who are outright wrong in their beliefs and attitudes.  Why, I had a long list of those kind of people on my “do not honor list.”

But, something begin to gnaw on my conscious that told me I needed to make a change in my attitude. After much prayer and studying on the word Honor,” I came to the conclusion that:

  1. I didn’t reach perfectionism before God accepted me unconditionally.
  2. “You can honor the person without honoring the behavior.” Behavior may, indeed, be wrong, but honor and value should be released to each person who Jesus valued so much that He shed His blood for on The Cross.

Think about it:  Do you suppose we must first get a glimpse of Jesus’ finished work on The Cross for all men before we can begin to walk in true honor to those we think are undeserving?

Prayer:  Father God, I ask you in the name of your son Jesus, to forgive me of those times I have withheld honor from anyone.  Help me to honor them as a precious stone of gold that You created and for whom You made the ultimate sacrifice.

In The Know

Isaiah 44:24

The Message (MSG)

 24God, your Redeemer,    who shaped your life in your mother's womb, says: "I am God. I made all that is.    With no help from you I spread out the skies    and laid out the earth."

Knowledge to Build On

Our lives are an open book to God. He is all knowing. He is the beginning and the end. Its hard to imagine there is anything He has not seen. Anything we could do or say or go through that He has not seen before. The funny thing is that even the people in the bible try to hide who they are or what they have done and eventually come to the conclusion that He has been witness to all of it. Even from the start of our lives. When we were hidden in the darkness of our mothers womb he knew even that part of us.

Life in the Now

Today we live in a age where social media can take the happenings of our life and share it with the world. Our lives good bad and ugly can be out there for all to see. We can share our thoughts our photos even our gossip via our phone to a network of people we love, like or are just facebook friends with. Some things we are happy to share or even brag about. Other things we would rather others not post or tag us in. Knowing we have a loving God who sees it all we can sometimes write off the details of our lives as things he just knows because he is God. He has been there from the start. We don't need to tag Him in our facebook pics because He already knows. Or maybe we have things we would rather Him not know or not be tagged in.

In the process of living out my own life in a social media setting it occurred to me that God would love for me to make the effort to share my experiences my joys and my struggles with Him too. That yes He already knows all my business because He is God and omnipotent. However He would rather know because I told Him because He is my friend.

Think about it Are there times you are more excited to share good news with friends rather than God?

What would it look like for you to tell Him first?

 

Prayer

God, Thank you for your love and grace. For longing to be our friend.

Remind us this week that you are ready to hear whats going on in our lives

the good the bad and the ugly

amen

Dressing for Success or Succ-sex?

Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.

Proverbs 11:22 (New International Version)

Knowledge to Build On

In the Old Testament, pigs were unclean & untouchable animals, so the idea of putting something as extremely valuable and beautiful as a gold ring in a pig’s snout was crazy.  To show no discretion means to be without taste, tact & grace.  It seems a bit extreme, comparing an indiscreet woman to a pig, but it sure does put God’s perspective on the subject into place.

God has set some rather high standards for women.  We are to be noble of character, hard working, giving, crafty, wise and modest.  It’s a tall order, but in true God fashion has its purpose.  He’s put these expectations in place to keep us out of compromising situations.  If you think that dressing provocatively is not YOUR problem, think again.

The decisions you make each morning in your closet could have more of an impact than you know on someone’s marriage, friendship, employment status or their walk with God.

Life in the Now

I haven’t always been the most discreet with my clothing in the past.  When I was 19 I remember my store manager getting us all ready for a corporate visit.  We stayed late the night before, making sure that everything was in its place.  Before leaving for the evening she gave us all our final assignments, “Kala, short skirt, v-neck top, customer service in the morning.”  I happily complied with the request.  As with most things, my perspective has changed with age.

Charm & beauty may have helped to get you where you are today, but I remind you that charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting.  In today’s job market you need more than a pretty face to stay employed.  Be wise at work and in your everyday life.  Avoid dressing for Succ-sex:

  • If your pants are so tight that you might have to stop at Walgreens on the way home to buy Monistat, you probably shouldn’t wear them.
  • The only girls people in the office should be seeing are the ones you birthed.  Keep your cleavage out of office.
  • Super Short may have its place in fashion, but knee length is more appropriate.
  • If you have to get a bikini wax to wear low rise anything – they are too low!  Do you really think it’s appropriate to bend down and show us all your booty crack or thong?

Think About It

All joking aside.  When you’re getting dressed in the morning who are you thinking about?  Your clothes do not define who you are, your character does; dressing inappropriately is a direct reflection of your character.

Talk About It

Father in heaven, thank you for this body.  Help me and all of my sisters to make wise decisions so that we are not stumbling blocks in each others lives.

More of the Truth

Proverbs 31, 1 Peter 3:3-4

Kala is a Regional Operations Manager by day, Mom to Ava and supportive wife to Eric 24/7.