Honor God with your LIFESTYLE, LEADERSHIP & LEGACY.
A message I shared with Clover Hill in 2014. 3 things I want you to do as it relates to HONOR …
1. Honor God with your LIFESTYLE.
I care that you are healthy. We honor God when we honor him with our lifestyle. Physically, Financially, Relationally, and Spiritually.
Physically | Eat healthy, sleep well, exercise.
Our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit and the only time I’ve seen an earthly temple or place of worship trashed is when the enemy enters.
Financially – Get out of debt.
You are slave to your lender. Our culture has conditioned us to borrow and made it a cultural norm to be in debt. It’s going to take some work. You better work. Be free so we can help those in need. I’m not depending on the government to bail me out. God has commissioned the Church, to reach the needy. Live below your means so there is room to help. Let’s move from being if it’s possible if we can help to how much we are able to help. Honor God with your lifestyle.
Relationally – Give honor where honor is due.
Watch your words closely. Use it not to be a comedian, not to tear people down, but build them up. Human beings were meant to be in relationship. It’s God’s design. If we are real with one another, we are going to have some heated moments but we must maintain honor for one another, that all may go well. Let your words be few. Honor God with your lifestyle.
Spiritually – Honor God, by honoring His Word.
To honor it is to revere, esteem and obey it. To obey it, you have to know it, live it, love it.
2. Honor God with your LEADERSHIP.
Leadership is influence. Nothing more nothing less. Honor God with your influence. When people exert their influence in different environments, they cause others to line up and act on the actions that you deem important.
Everyone is a leader. I say this all the time. There is a leadership capacity in all of us, a capacity to influence people. You’ve got FB friends, Twitter followers, Pinterest, Vine, Tumblr … a great platform to Honor the Lord.
I’ve watched leadership qualities develop in my kids, even my two year old. She’s an influencer. Why is it my boys can be seated at the table in the babies room sipping imaginary cups of tea? Why? Because she’s an influencer. You are a leader, you are an influencer, but what are you doing with that influence? Honor God with your leadership. As a mother, as a father, as a teacher, as a spiritual leader, as a mentor, as a husband, wife, older brother or sister … Honor God with your leadership. Honor God with your influence.
This is about the people you interact with daily.
3. Honor God with your LEGACY.
It’s about everyone else you will touch.
I ask people all the time, in one or two sentences what will people remember you for?
My grandparents had no clue that in 2013 I’d be standing before people celebrating his life of obedience and determination on the scripture in Joshua that said, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Whether you like it or not, your legacy is being written as I speak to you.
I want my life to be one filled with honor. When it got tough, I stayed on track. I want the generations that come after me to say something like, I’m riding on the coat tails of honor, blessing and obedience that came from my life and ministry in Midlothian Virginia. My family will honor the Lord, His Church, His Creation, and our legacy as a church will go beyond the years we both have on this Earth.