Seven verses that give us a feel for the Honor Rhythm
Here is what we call the "Honor Gift" of Jesus, his example as an honorable finisher. It sets the tempo of the Honor Rhythm.
Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. Hebrews 12.2 (The Message)
Hebrews 12.2 is the first verse in the set of seven "Honor Verses" below. They are snippets from all over the Bible that get us started in seeing honor and shame in relation to God's strategy for healing and blessing the world. Honorable behavior is whatever is in SYNC with that strategy.
Unfortunately the world is out of SYNC with God's strategy. It often shames what God honors as it shamed Jesus when he was totally in SYNC with God's plan. Jesus warned us that things would get ugly for us too as we follow him. He promised to be with us so that we could deal with ugly attacks honorably and finish well, staying in step with his Honor Rhythm.
Preview the seven "Honor Verses" (scroll down)
Guide for daily use. Combines some short declarations and prayers with personalized wording of the "Honor Verses" to help us live as honorable finishers, loyal to the death.
Seven verses about the honor of Jesus
All quotes are from the New Living Translation.
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We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Hebrews 12.2
Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. John 15.20
God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Matthew 5.11
And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. Luke 14.27
Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. Philippians 1.28
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. James 1.2
Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies. Hebrews 13.3