Summary: That what we do for the kingdom of God is always seen by the Lord and he bestows the honor do to us for our labor
Honor from the King
Indira Gandhi once said, “My grandfather told me that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there.
The brilliant physician and writer Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., and his brother John represent two radically different views on the subject of flattery. Dr. Holmes loved to collect compliments, and when he was older he indulged his pastime by saying to someone who had just praised his work, "I am a trifle deaf, you know. Do you mind repeating that a little louder?"
John, however, was unassuming and content to be in his older brother’s shadow. He once said that the only compliment he ever received came when he was six. The maid was brushing his hair when she observed to his mother that little John wasn’t all that cross-eyed!
How many of you know that flattery is the world’s way. The more you butter someone up the greater your chances to succeed. Flattery is of the world but honor is from God. As we work for the Lord there is nothing wrong with you and I giving honor to the efforts of a servant. The word here says that when
one part is honored we all should rejoice. We need to learn how to be one anothers biggest backers, learn how to affirm and encourage each other for what we have done and are doing for the Lord
This morning I want to talk to you about Honor from the King. I want you to understand that God sees everything that we do for Him and that he desires to honor you for your service to His throne.
Esther 6:1-3; 10-11
The Jews were in captivity held by the Persians in their empire. Here we have a man of God by the name of Mordecai who was goung about his business and received honor from the King. Not just a heavenly reward but honor that was seen by man.
Two things about Mordecai that apply to us today.
Joe Theismann enjoyed an illustrious 12-year career as
quarterback of the Washington Redskins. He led the team to two Super Bowl appearances--winning in 1983 before losing thefollowing year. When a leg injury forced him out of football in 1985, he was entrenched in the record books as Washington’s all-time leading passer. Still, the tail end of Theismann’s career
taught him a bitter lesson: I got stagnant. I thought the team revolved around me. I should have known it was time to go when I didn’t care whether a pass hit Art Monk in the 8 or the 1 on his uniform. When we went back to the Super Bowl, my approach had changed. I was griping about the weather, my shoes, practice times, everything. Today I wear my two rings--the winner’s ring from Super Bowl XVII and the loser’s ring from Super Bowl XVIII. The difference in those two rings lies in my attitude
The noted English architect Sir Christopher Wren was
supervising the construction of a magnificent cathedral in London. A journalist thought it would be interesting to interview some of the workers, so he chose three and asked them this question, "What are you doing?" The first replied, "I’m cutting stone for 10 shillings a day." The next answered, "I’m putting in 10 hours a day on this job." But the third said,
"I’m helping Sir Christopher Wren construct one of London’s greatest cathedrals."
Notice Mordecai’s attitude
The reason he received the reward or honor is that his attitude allowed him to.
Here he was going about his own business and he hears the plot against the king and what does he do? He did what he had to do and did it without the thought of getting. You don’t even see him as the one who tells of the plot, and you don’t hear him say, okay I did this for you now what are going to do for me.
This is where we often fall short and that is our attitude towards the work of the Lord.
What we need to do is go at everything with this attitude in mind. I do it for my king because I want to.
What happens when we do something in hopes that we will
receive something in return? Here’s what happens.. (I washed your car foryou.....)
When we do works for the Lord expecting that everybody is going to pat us on the back and tell us what a wonderful job that we did. We are going to get what we deserve.
Do everything with a servant’s heart. Do it for the Lord. You want to know how you can tell if you are doing it with a servant’s heart? What’s your reaction when you are treated like a servant?