In my reading today I was struck by Romans 1:21 and the clear delineation between honoring God and futility. Ever feel like you are “almost” making the best decisions for your life? That sense of “almost” being in the Will of God can be frustrating and often leads Christians to burnout and give up the calling God has for their lives.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. – Romans 1:21
Romans 1:21 does not refer to believers being the ones who knew God and then lacked honor or thankfulness. The passage refers to those who know God exists and see His attributes, but they never honor God or come to a saving sense of Christ.
It is easy to read past this scripture knowing it does not directly refer to believers, but indirectly it has direct influence on our relationship with Jesus. Honoring God is not something we simply do at an altar or sinners prayer and now our lives suddenly bubble over with thankfulness and honor for Him. It is part of the spiritual growth believers should be looking for, going deeper just when we feel like we reached the limits.
The ministry of the Holy Spirit includes conviction for a reason, depth. Whatever God has asked of you, whether it be a New Years Resolution, a vow you recently made, or a call from God long ago, pursue it as if it were the last day of your life.
To honor means to put someone or something in high regard, above yourself. Honoring God and being truly thankful can be difficult and is often one of the tougher decisions on the road of life. Just because we say something does not mean we believe it (a good start though), so let’s put to action the honor we have for God.
Let our times of praise and worship be deeper, let our daily time in the Word be deeper, let our relationships with God and man be deeper, and let our decisions be ones that honor and thank God deeply!