When I travel to different countries, I always ask my friend who has traveled to well over 100 countries, what do I need to know about showing honor?
For example, when we ministered in Korea, my friend told me to
- Always bring a gift to offer
- Hand it with two hands not one
- Embrace my right forearm with my left hand when shaking hands.
These are simple ways to show honor in Korea.
After learning from him about several different countries, I asked, “How would you advise me to show honor if I was visiting the United States from another country?” He laughed as he told me, “I wouldn’t have to tell you anything because most people don’t care about showing honor in our country.”
His comment made me think. Have we become (for the most part) a culture without honor?
When Jesus returned home, people were offended by him and treated him as a commoner. Jesus said, “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.” Mark 6:4
Verse 5 and 6 said, “He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their lack of faith. Mark 6:5-6
Notice the Bible doesn’t say he “would” not, but “could” not do any miracles.
I wonder if our “lack of honor” to God and His people is limiting what could happen in our churches. What do you think?