Have you ever woken up in the morning an find yourself hanging on to the tail end of a dream? Well, I did this morning. I woke up thinking ‘what am I going to do with a life-sized stuffed doll named Honor? That thing is useless.’ I had read an article on honor the day before and I guess it motivated me to dream about that subject. However, one cannot frame honor and hang it on the wall. Nor can you stuff it full of cotton and display it for others to enjoy. The only way to observe honor is to watch someone who is honorable.
This is what Jesus is referring to in his short letter to the church in Sardis. “Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”(Rev 3:4-5) Jesus said that he will honor the overcomer in the throne room of Heaven, because an overcomer is honorable.
Paul also has this in mind when he writes, and I am paraphrasing, ‘I run, not as someone who is uncertain of where the finish line is. I fight, not like someone who is only shadow boxing. I am always in training, so I can be certain of winning.’(ICor9:25-27) Paul’s single purpose in life was to stand with Christ in the Throne-room of Glory and hear him announce, “ And now Sovern One and faithful members of eternity, I am proud to present to you one of my best friends and fellow soldier, Paul of Tarsus”
We can replace Paul’s name with ours if we are certain that we will do whatever it takes to receive that kind of honor. Run on, saint of the Most High. Run on, and not with uncertainty.
Pastor Alton Thornhill