Understanding Honour II
A man who is in honor, yet does not understand, Is like the beasts that perish (Psalm.49.20).
Honour is defined as great esteem accorded to a person in authority or ascribed to a higher being. It is important for a man of honour to behave honourably lest he makes a mess of the esteem accorded to him. It can be very demeaning having a honourable person perform below acceptable standard. Our text today states that it is important for a man of honour to know his place and live as such. When you’re honoured by the Lord to occupy a place where people regard you, do not make a mess of it by looking down on yourself, fighting your subodinates for any reason or taking advantage of them. Those will amount to abuse of high esteem.
A man of honour must have a set of moral codes that guide his actions. It is not about playing to the gallery but giving attention to what you represent and say, as you discharge your duty. It is not about building a reputation but being authentic, and true to your words when relating with people, or discharging your duty. Honour has an aura that can be polluted by corruption, evil and hypocrisy. The relationship between a man in honour that is unaware and the beast that is perishing is ignorance. Make attempt to have an awareness of your dispositions and your subjects’ perception of your style.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter (Prov.25.2).
If ignorance is not good for a man of honour then seeking knowledge has to be a way of life for him. It is not sufficient to live in honour but to use it for a higher purpose. What can you do with the access to people’s lives? What can you achieve with the esteem they accord you? By knowledge you will effect change in their lives. Honour is not given for its sake. It is given for a purpose and God would have you make proper use of it. May you know the purpose for which you have been brought to such position and act accordingly.