“Don’t say heavy, say weighty”. I remember hearing this phrase many times in my village. We were usually told this when picking up a baby and feeling his or her weight in our arms.
It paints such a great picture for the word honor.
In Christ’s day, the word “honor” had a literal meaning of “to be heavy, weighty”. Gold was a great example because it was both heavy and valuable at the time. (Strong’s Concordance)
When we honor someone, we are saying that who they are and what they say is weighty to us. We see them as extremely valuable and important in our eyes.
Is your relationship weighty?
As I thought about the word honor, I began to reflect on my relationship with the Lord. Have I been intentional about honoring the Lord? How weighty is He in my life?
Many things, good things, in fact, can often take on more weight than our relationship with God.
We busy ourselves saying we’re doing Kingdom work, we are laboring for Christ. We have full schedules, responsibilities, things that require our attention. However, when those things become weightier than the time spent with Him, in prayer, listening, leaning in, honor has left the building.
We talk about honor in marriage, in parenting, relationships, in finances, it’s a word that we hear quite often, I wonder how many times do we stop to evaluate or consider the meaning and if we are living it out.
The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.” Isaiah 29:13
Heavy and valuable
As I mentioned before, Gold was used to convey the meaning of honor because it was both heavy and valuable.
Do we fail to honor God when we carry other things that are “heavy” but not valuable?
How would you carry a sack of rocks versus a sack of gold? Knowing the value of what we carry changes everything. We would gladly put down the rocks to carry the gold. It’s the same with our relationship with the Lord. Honor is heavy and valuable. It’s weighty and important.
What does it look like when we choose to actively honor the Lord? I think Isaiah 58:13 paints a pretty good picture for us. When we choose to honor, we don’t do as we please, we don’t go our own way, instead, we choose His ways.
If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord. . .” Isaiah 58:13
Then you will find your joy in the Lord. . . when we choose to honor the Lord, it leads us to joy and favor.
He will call you out
Now, let’s look at some instances when the Lord called out those who failed to honor Him.
Eli, the priest was chastised for honoring his sons more than the Lord. (1 Samuel 2:29)
Belshazzar in the book of Daniel – “You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways.” (Daniel 5:23)
To the priests in Malachi – “A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty. (Malachi 1:6)
Let’s take a moment to examine our hearts and give the Lord the honor due Him. Nothing else should become more weighty in our lives than our relationship with God.
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelations 4:11