How to Run in Honor
I run several times a week and recently I discovered a key ingredient to running faster: use both legs. I know that seems obvious to running but the same holds true in the race of life. Often times we wonder why we don’t see more progress and the problem is we’re hopping on one leg instead of running on both.
God honors those who honor Him (see 1 Sam. 2:30) and He has provided 2 legs for us to run in honor.
Leg 1 — Give
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. -Luke 6:38 ESV
I once saw a speaker take an old broken violin out of its case and hand it to an audience member. Considering it’s poor condition the congregant seemed only slightly attentive and half interested… until he was told it was a Stradivarius worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The revelation of the price given birthed immediate reverence in the heart of the violin holder.
God doesn’t need your money but He demands your honor. So, He has provided the leg of giving to birth an honor in you. The things you give to are the things you honor.
Leg 2 — Ask
Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened. -MATTHEW 7:7–8 AMP
Earlier this week I found a face down, uncharged, scratched and dinged Nintendo DS in the middle of my floor. It was a gift I gave my daughter on a whim. She never asked for it; I just thought it would be nice. Because she never asked for it she never developed any honor for it.
When I was 5 I wanted a Nintendo more than anything else in the world. I asked and asked and asked, only to be told that the only way I was getting a Nintendo was if I earned it. So for the longest 4 months in my 5 year old life I did every chore I could find to earn every penny for that $100 Nintendo. Every trip to the store and every weekend I asked the same question. “Mom, do I have enough for the Nintendo?” “No son not yet.” “Dad could you maybe just help with the last bit of money I need?” “No son, you have to earn that money yourself.” Asking and asking, seeking and seeking, knocking and knocking. When I finally got that Nintendo 4 months later it was the greatest moment of my life. I didn’t let anybody even look at it the wrong way, while all my friends were throwing their controllers and losing there cartridges my Nintendo stayed spotless. Asking, seeking, and knocking had birthed an honor in me.
You know I still have that Nintendo, it still looks brand new, and it still sits in a place of honor in my living room bringing me joy to this day… and I can still beat Contra without the 30 lives code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A)
God doesn’t need you to ask. He knows what you need before you ask (Matt. 6:8) God knows you need to learn to honor Him. So, He has provided the leg of asking to grow honor in you.
Don’t run on one leg of honor, never giving to God but always asking; don’t hobble around on the other leg, giving to God but never asking. Learn to run on both legs of honor and God will honor you.