Honor: Fulfill Obligations
Numbers 30:2 “If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.”
Psalm 89:34 “I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips.”
These two verses are pretty straightforward about committing to something and following through. When we make a promise to someone or commit to do something, we obligate ourselves to our word. Our integrity is linked to the fulfillment of what was promised. Have you ever had someone who would commit to things and never show up? Or maybe a friend constantly telling you how they were going to bring you something or do this or that, only to never see it come to pass? Would honor be the character trait you would use to describe them? Of course not! In fact, slowly with each failed fulfilled promise trust was broken, respect was lost and you eventually learned that you couldn’t depend on that individual.
Our finish determines our credibility. As Christians we should be the most honest, word keeping, trustworthy, dependable people in the world. We should place an incredibly high value on being people of our word and completing the tasks we commit to because it is a direct reflection on our character. Even more it is a direct reflection on our testimony. When we are people of honor, we do everything as unto the Lord, which means we finish what we start. We show up when we say we will, we do what we say we will do, we are trustworthy, word keeping, finishers. This is the life of honor, to fulfill commitments and display the character of Christ in our words and deeds.
Pastor Natalie Snider