Honor One Another Above Yourself – Romans 12:10

Today is Wednesday, April 29, 2020, and I am Pastor Kim Alexander and you are listening to COVID-19 Connection Series # 37

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Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Romans 12:10

Honor one another above yourselves.

I want to have a word with you about: Honor One Another

What is meant by second fiddle? Just how important is second fiddle?

Some people have a very hard time playing second fiddle. Gene Getz writes about a young man named, Brent. A very well – known soloist came to his church, and he had the privilege of serving as her accompanist. He was excited, seeing this as an opportunity to demonstrate his skills at the keyboard. During the rehearsal, he proceeded to run his fingers up and down the keyboard in Liberace style while she sang the first stanza of her song. Following this initial verse, she stopped, looked at my friend, and said with a smile — “You know, Brent, I really make a wonderful accompanist for you!” The light went on! Suddenly Brent saw what he had done! He was to be the accompanist! He was to support a soloist — never overshadowing and calling attention to his own skills. In short, he was to do everything he could to make her “look and sound good”!

You see every Christian is to be “an accompanist” to every other Christian. We’re all to make one another “look and sound good”!

I’ve served as an associate pastor. I always sought to make sure that the senior Pastor was always honored. I always used his name, and I always thanked him publicly.

CHRIST’S SUPREME EXAMPLE

Jesus Christ, when He walked on earth, set the supreme example in honoring others above Himself. Jesus was the MASTER SERVANT!

On one occasion, a short time before His death, He taught the disciples a powerful truth, which is also a great metaphor. At an evening meal together, Jesus — knowing full well “that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God” — filled a basin with water and stooped to wash His disciples’ feet. After He had finished the task, He shared with them a lesson I’m sure they never forgot. He said to them,

Do you understand,” He asked, “what I have done for you?”

Then He went on to answer His own question,

 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your fee, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:12-15).

MARK OF TRUE HUMILITY!

Promise Keep Rally – One of the keynote speakers, Bishop Wellington Boone was preaching. Suddenly, he stopped and turned to Tony Evans — a fellow pastor — who was seated on the platform. “Tony,” he said, “I’m willing to wash your feet in order to serve you.”

Wellington Boone was given a piece of cloth and a basin of water. He knelt down before Tony Evans, removed his shoes and socks, and began washing his feet — all the time telling this brother in Christ that he loved him and wanted to serve him as a fellow pastor.

How powerful do you think that example was to the 40,000 men that were attending that Promise Keeper Rally? What an example of true humility! Have you seen this type of humility in action?

That is what Jesus had in mind when He told his disciples to serve and love one another in John 13:12-15,3-35.

MARK OF TRUE SERVANTHOOD!

A mark of true servanthood is someone who is willing to play second fiddle, take second place, and serve another human being. Are you and I willing to play that role?

Our feet today don’t get dirty like those of Jesus’ disciples, but the point is not dirty feet, it is that of being a servant – washing feet to caring for someone who is sick and cleaning up vomit.
Being a servant means doing for others what you may not really like doing.

A MARK OF TRUE HONOR!

What is the mark of true honor? Is it being served, or being a servant? Most people like being served. For whatever reason it makes us feel important. Listen to the way Jesus took some religious leaders to task. We read in Matthew 23:5-12,

Don’t miss in that passage that Jesus turned to His disciples and drove home the lesson they had to learn if they were to be mature men of God who could be used in His service. He said to them,

   “The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matt. 23:5-12).

PAUL’S DYNAMIC APPLICATION

  1. Christ’s Attitude

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians:

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5).

  1. Christ’s Sacrifice and Service

What was that attitude? Paul carefully spelled it out! Christ demonstrated toward all humankind the greatest act of unselfishness, humility, and self-sacrifice ever known in the universe. In Philippians 2:6-8 we read,

“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!”

The result of Christ’s act of love and submission brought to Himself in essence the very same result He promised His disciples if they would “honor others above themselves” — exaltation!

  1. Christ’s Exaltation

This is what God did for Jesus Christ. We read in Philippians 2:9-11,

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name , that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow , in heaven and on earth and under the earth , and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord , to the glory of God the Father.”

God will exalt Christians who truly honor others above themselves.

Jesus Himself taught,

“many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.” (Matt.19:30).

Let’s go back to some earlier verses in Philippians. Take a look at verses 3-4. We read,

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

The Bible doesn’t teach that we should not have our own interests. That would be impossible. The very nature of life — rearing a family, making a living, competing in the workplace, and taking time for ourselves — demands that we look after our own interests. However, the Bible does teach that we should,

look not only” to our “own interest, but also to the interests of others.”

It also teaches us that we should,

consider others better than ourselves.”

JOY

We should not be motivated by self-centered motives and pride (“vain conceit). Our goal should be to honor Jesus Christ first, others second, and ourselves third. If we’d, we will be honored in due time. As Jesus said, we cannot lose our lives without finding them again (Matt. 10:39).

PRACTICAL STEPS FOR APPLYING THIS PRINCIPLE TODAY

Step 1 Take a careful look at your “honoring others” quotient!

  • How many situations can you recall where you purposely attempted to honor someone above yourself?
  • What about yesterday?
  • Last week?
  • Last month?
  • In what ways did you reflect sincere appreciation for the other person?

Step 2 Don’t forget to honor those who have helped you become what you are!

What people made you who you are today? Parents, teachers, a mentor?

Can you name them? Make a list today.

Take time to send a letter, or make a phone call to thank the people who made you who you are today.

The facts are that all of us have gotten where we are with the help of others.

Step 3 If it is difficult for you to compliment others and to enjoy their successes, take a close look at your own personality.

The following checkpoints will help:

  1. Some people cannot compliment others and enjoy their success because they have always been the center of attention themselves.
  • self – centered.
  • “compete” with him.
  • reflects immaturity.

Memorize Philippians 2:3-4, and meditate on these exhortations every day.

Every time you’re tempted to “hog the show, “quote those verses to yourself.

  1. Some people have difficulty complimenting and honoring others because they are insecure.
  • don’t feel good about themselves.
  • difficulty “honoring others” because they feel in need of honor themselves.
  • often complain no one pays attention to them.
  • insecure person.
  • desire for recognition and attention.

Some people just might need to reprogram their mind and emotions. We are called to renew our minds (Romans 12:1-2).

In addition to memorizing Scripture (such as Phil. 2:3-4), they need loving counsel blended with direct confrontation regarding their patterns of behavior.

If either of these two problems describe your behavior, begin today to seek help from another mature member of the body of Christ. Find someone that you will allow to speak truth to your life.

Don’t disobey God another day (no matter what the cause of your problem). If you continue, you’ll rob yourself of the blessing that will come if you truly “honor others above yourself.”

Remember, you can never lose by sincerely honoring others. God will not forget, and neither will those you honor.

I thank God for Royal Blue, my pastor, Bob Ramsey, my youth pastor, Debbie parents, my mom, Dr. Charles Smith, Bible college professors, Pastor Dwayne Hester, Pastor Jerry Kennedy, and so many others who have made me who I am today.

Who do you need to honor today?

Remember, I’m in touch, so you be in touch.

Also remember, as Dr. Robert Cook used to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.”

Lord willing I’ll be back tomorrow!