Ascribing honor to those in special positions of power, influence, or responsibility is a principle found throughout the Bible.
In the Old Testament Kings, prophets, and priests were accorded honor for who they were, the office they occupied, and the service they rendered.
Israel was taught to honor God by their worship, their sacrifices, and even through the way they used the blessings He provided them.
Jesus came to earth honoring the heavenly Father through doing His will and finishing the work assigned to Him.
Paul taught that we ought to render all that is due to governmental officials, “honor to whom honor”(Rom. 13;7). And Peter commanded, “honor the king” (1 Pet. 2:17).
In the home, the same principle applies, “Honor your father and mother” (Eph. 5:2), the apostle exhorted.
Today is Mother’s Day in the US, a day in which we recognize and honor mothers in a special way.
The word honor means “to fix a value upon. To revere. To venerate. To esteem.” The word speaks to the concept of worth or excellence.
In an ancient world that devalued and disrespected women, the Bible exalts, lifts and honors the role of the wife and mother in the home.
It should not be lost on Christians that on a day in which we honor Jesus as we meet to remember Him, that honoring Him goes beyond one hour of church attendance each week. In the same way, honoring our mothers ought to be daily occurrence . It begins in childhood and is carried into adulthood by caring for our parents in their old age.
Being a Christian finds its application in all of our relationships. To honor our mothers is to honor Jesus who even as He hung dying on the cross, sought to provide care for His own mother.
Our attitudes, actions, and the very words we speak reflect the spirit of honor both toward Him who redeemed us, and the one who carried us in the womb nurtured us, and raised us.
On this Lord’s Day, as we honor Jesus, we also honor our mothers. Happy Mother’s Day.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman