Where is the Honor?

March 23, 2012

Luke 20:9-16
Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time. 10And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty. 11And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty. 12And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out. 13Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him. 14But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours. 15So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them? 16He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

Where is the Honor?

It is amazing how many examples I see around of those who have given the most and have been honored the least.  All through the Word of God, we see this same principle at work in His people.  Our loving heavenly Father blesses us, increases us, protects and fills our lives with good things.  Time and again the response has resulted in God’s children, forgetting all of His loving benefits, looking at them as if they were entitled to them or had somehow had gotten all  that they had by the works of their own hands.  As a result the Father who provided all these blessings was scorned, forgotten, neglected, ridiculed and greatly dishonored.
It is not unlike the parable that Jesus gave here in Luke 20.  What God has graciously and lovingly entrusted into our care, we begin to think of as our own.  We forget that every breath we breathe we owe to Him.  Father has invested so much in us in order to see the fruit of godliness, thankfulness and the riches of His grace imparted and shared with others through us.  Yet, so often man and even believers, see their lives as theirs alone, to do with as they please.  They perceive what they have is because of their own abilities and accomplishments. God is shut out of the picture and He is even despised and resented should He require anything from us.  The One who gave us life and all of its benefits we now dishonor, reject and scorn.
How amazing it is to see so many examples around me of parents who have given of themselves and the best of what they could to their children to have children that grow up and treat them the same way so many have treated God the Father.  Maybe in that place so many of these parents can experience and understand the heartbreak we bring to our heavenly Father when we  reject Him and the Son that He sent for us.
Jesus made this statement to Nicodemus in John 3:16-20, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
He shows us that, for some, no matter how great the love of the Father is extended toward them they will still reject the light that is in that love, while they covet the darkness of the own ways.  If we have become so caught up in ourselves and our sense of entitlement we will always take all that we can, while despising the very hand that gave it to us.  This is true both in the spiritual and in the natural.  We fail to honor and appreciate those who have given us the most. Many times it goes beyond that to where both earthly and spiritual children, despise, resent and transfer the blame for all of their problems back onto the parents or onto God.
I want to encourage parents who have done the best they could to only have dishonor, disrespect and rejection returned to them from their children.  Father God experienced that long before you ever did from His own children and creation.  What is encouraging is that in most of these parents the feelings of love, compassion, caring the desire for reconciliation, never leaves them.  They still love and care for those rebellious children.  They still lift them up in prayer and pray for God’s compassion upon them.  They still have that Father’s heart for their children.   God wants us to continue to have that kind of a heart; not only for our own children, but for His children as well.  He never stops looking, waiting and anticipating His children’s return to Him.
What children don’t realize is that in the judgements that they make and the dishonor they bring to their parents, they condemn and judge themselves.  When we honor our parents, we honor God who gave them to us.  They may be far less than perfect, but even in their imperfections it could serve to bring you into a much greater place if you maintain that right heart toward them.  Often it is the adversities, even from our parents, that serve to make us a stronger and better person if we allow it too.
First and foremost, may we all endeavor to love and honor the Father who is worthy of all of the praise and glory.  May we always honor our parents, even if they weren’t what they should have been and even the more if they were what they should have been.  May we honor the Father’s image in each person whether they walk in light or darkness; endeavoring to reconcile all of God’s children back to Him.  If this strikes a chord with you, it is always God’s heart that there is reconciliation and restoration between children and parents.


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