“Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12: 10 (HCSB)
I like the Holman translation of this verse – particularly this last phrase – “Outdo one another in showing honor.” What a challenge. Our natural tendency is to see how much honor we can gather up. God, through the Apostle calls us to see if we can compete in outdoing each other by giving the honor away. Most game shows on TV are designed around how many points I can amass – this challenge is to see how many points we can give to others.
The concept in the Greek is that we are to mutually be trying to be the first in giving others the entire honor that is due. In this chapter, we have learned that the correct attitude toward God is one of complete devotion, the correct attitude toward ourselves is one of humility, and we are learning the correct attitude towards others is love. If I in my humility really love others, then obeying God to give them the honor is easy.
Today, see how often you can give honor away. Pick out others and pile it on – and if others do the same to you – pass it on to someone else. I think this is a game that could leave you feeling a deep joy by the end of the day.
Ready – set – GO!
For Kingdom Education,