Mark 6:2-5 ….And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such might works are wrought by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. 4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country ….5 And he could there do no mighty work, save the he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
Where is the power of God today? This is a question many people ask. According to the scripture listed above, honor is a key to God working in our midst. No honor equals no mighty works. I don’t know about you, but I need God to work mightily in my life.
In the passage of scripture listed above, the people did not esteem Jesus as he taught them. They did not honor him, because they could only see him as the carpenter and not the Son of God. Their lack of honor led to unbelief, which prevents the power of God from working. Think about someone you have no respect for, would you trust them to do something for your in a time of need? No you would not, because you do not trust a person in whom you have no respect.
Faith is simply trusting God, and when you do not honor, respect, or reverence Him; you do not trust Him. Faith or trust must be present for God to work in your life. Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Let’s examine what the apostle Paul said about faith as it regards to miracles, “He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” (Galatians 3:5) Dishonor, a lack of respect towards God and His word will destroy your life of faith.
I would like to end with a few questions to provoke thought where honor is concerned. But before I ask those questions, I want to define honor. Honor means to regard with great respect. Do I treat God, and His word with great respect? If I do, I would feed on His word daily. Do I regard with great respect my local church and pastor? If I do, I would attend church regularly, fully participate in services, and commit financially to the furtherance of the gospel. Do I regard with great respect my assignment in the local church? Even if my position is not out front where I can be seen or acknowledged. If I do, I would serve with a grateful attitude, and I would be at my post on time, working as unto the Lord. Do I regard with great respect the Holy Spirit who lives on the inside of me, do I counsel with him to see if decisions I make would hinder the plan of God for my life? If I do, I would not violate the word and I would quickly obey his promptings. Honor God see God work mightily, dishonor God, and see a few people get healed, the choice is yours.