Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


August 24, 2010

Honor as in a verb--to give honor to Emmitt Smith enshrining him into the NFL Hall of Fame. But the good news sees other honor as appropriate.

But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. Welcome him [Epaphroditus] in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him because he almost died for the work of Christ.
- Philippians 2:22,29,30 TNIV

Timothy and Epaphroditus are to be honored. The point here is not to "guilt and shame" the Philippians for I'm sure they had their NFL heroes and pop celebs as well. But Paul does invite them to consider a new definition of who merits real honor: Timothy and Epaphroditus.

Perhaps if Paul were speaking to us today he'd say: when you consider a Hall of Fame induction, how about the Youth Minister, the algebra teacher at the high school, the pleasant greeter who smiles at you every morning in the lobby of your office building, or that person in your life who always checks to see if there’s anything they can do to help you--those are hall of famers. Honor them. They are the ones worthy of real honor. And do it today. Honor is a verb for us all.
Dale Patterson