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Biblical Ways On How To Receive Praise And Honor

Receive Honor And Praise

We are all blessed with gifts from God to utilize and showcase throughout our lives. By using them to help others, we receive praise from God and subsequently honor from others. This article explores how to attain such praise and honor by outlining principles derived from Scripture.

1. How to Receive Praise From God

Romans 12:6 reads, “By his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.” I really like the adjective imposed in how we do things, to do something well means to do it correctly and in a good way. As a principle, what distinguishes children of God from others is that we do things well.

1.2 How To Do Things Well

Doing things well means exceeding expectations by well executing the task at hand. Romans 12:6-8 provides great descriptions on how to do well, below is the list with the adjectives that mark a job well executed:

  • Prophecy: Those with the ability to prophesy should to speak out the prophecy with as much faith as God has given them
  • Service: Those with a gift of serving and teaching others should serve and teach well should serve them well Romans(12:7)
  • Giving: Those with a gift of giving should give generously (Romans 12:8)
  • Leadership: Those who’ve been given leadership ability should take their responsibility seriously
  • Kindness: Those with the gift of showing kindness should do it gladly

1.2 Example On How To Do Things Well

The Parable of the Three Servants (Matthew 25:14-28) exemplifies this principle. The servant who received the 10 bags of silver and the other who received 5 bags used the gifts entrusted upon them well. When the master returned, they presented double the portion of the silver they were given. The master was full of praise for both servants for the job exceedingly well done. By implication this parable highlights a few things:

  • God give us gifts as seeds
  • His gifts need to be cultivated by the recipient to produce the intended results
  • God commends us for using his seeds well
  • His name is glorified because all gifts come from him and they exists by his power and are intended for his glory (Romans 11:36)

God reveals our darkest secrets and private motives for doing anything, then gives each one whatever praise is due (1 Corinthians 4:5). The servant with one 1 bag of silver revealed his private motive for hiding the money in the earth and his actions did not yield any praise from the Master. Therefore, to garner praise from God requires us to use his gifts well. Conversely , when we hoard gifts, they do not benefit members of His Kingdom, subsequently God’s name is neither glorified nor praised. For everything we do, should bring praises to God.

2. How To Receive Honor From Men

Receiving honor from others involves utilizing our God-given gifts to address people’s needs and improve their lives. Also, it is crucial to recognize and acknowledge God as the Source of these gifts. As a principle, the level of honor received correlates with the number of individuals positively affected by our gifts.

This principle is illustrated through the story of Joseph, who possessed the divine ability to interpret dreams. When he first used this gift in front of his brothers, it did not lead to any improvement in their lives. Additionally, God was not credited nor acknowledged in the sharing of the dream.


2.1 Example On How Joseph Received Honor From Men

The second time Joseph interpreted dreams, he changed his approach. When the ex-chief cup-bearer and ex-chief baker shared their dreams with him, mentioning that no one could explain them, Joseph acknowledged that his ability came from God: “Interpreting dreams is God’s business” (Genesis 40:8). This statement acknowledges that the gift was divine, and he was merely a messenger delivering God’s gift to others.

The third time Joseph was called to interpret Pharaoh’s dream. He is consistent in his new approach when interpreting dreams. He gives credit to God by this words recorded in Genesis 41:16 “It is beyond my power to do this. But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.”

After Joseph’s dream interpretation and recommendations to Pharaoh on how to survive the famine, Joseph was promoted immediately to become second in command over all Egypt. His dream interpretation and recommendation saved millions of Egyptians and people in surrounding nations from dying of starvation. Employing our principle, the sheer magnitude of people’s lives that were saved through his gift warranted him to be placed at the highest place of honor.

2.2 Example on How Jesus Received Honor

The story of Joseph also serves as a foreshadowing of how Jesus would be glorified. Hebrews 1:3 records that when he had cleansed us of our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. He offered his life as a gift so that humanity may be saved. The magnitude of this offering impacts all men (dead, living and those yet to be born). We continually praise and honor Jesus Christ the eternal King because his gift benefit all of us. And once again the principle remain, his crucifixion on the cross saved men from eternal damnation and warranted him to be placed at the highest place of honor.

2.3 How Paul Received Honor From Men

For every gift we receive, if we want to see it impact so many people’s lives, just give God the the credit. Paul followed this principle in each letter that he wrote. He begins each letter with these words: “This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus.” Paul in each opening letter draws attention to his God’s will for him to be an apostle of Jesus Christ. He gives credit to God for his gift of apostleship so that all praises and glory may rightfully go to the Almighty God.

In the same vein, when Jesus began his ministry, he gave credit to God in Matthew 4:17), “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven in near.”

There is a common thread in administering divine gifts, Joseph, Paul and Jesus began by acknowledging the Source of the gift. Other examples include Daniel interpreting King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Daniel 2:28), David killing Goliath (1 Samuel 17:45) and James’ letter to the twelve tribes (James 1:1).

3. Disclaimer In Using Our Gifts

The showcase of our gifts are meant to bring God praise. Every miracle and wonder that Jesus did whilst on earth resulted in men believing in him as the Son of God. Now the enemy can tempt us to use our gifts in ways that will not make men believe in God nor men to give God praise. This was the first method Satan he used to tempt Jesus when he said “If you are the son of God, turn theses stones into breads.”

Satan already new that Jesus is the Son of God and he knew that he had the power to turn the stones into bread. But Jesus knew that him turning the stones into bread will not bring God any glory, aftercall there were no witnesses. Also he did not need to test what God declared in Matthew 3:17, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

But we see Jesus use his power to turn water into wine, this was his first miracle. And many including his mother, disciples and servants at the wedding witnessed this miraculous power of God at work. So in essence, Jesus used his gift and power to solve a human need, which is the running out of wine supply (John 2:2). After this miracle, his disciples believed in him (John 2:11) highlighting a gift well utilized.

3.1 Example On How Jesus Used His Gift Effectively

Jesus was indeed the Son of God who possessed great power, yet we see him use very little of it. This signifies that we must be prudent in utilizing and showcasing our gift. Jesus demonstrated prudence in using his power when he allowed the Roman soldiers to arrest him, because he had the power to call a legion of angels to free him yet he did not. He also remained silent when interrogated by the Pharisees because as the embodiment of wisdom itself (1 Corinthians 1:30), his response would have led to his freedom and there will be no crucifixion.

4. Final Remarks

  • To receive praise from God and honor from others, we need to use our gifts to positively impact other people’s lives whilst God’s name is acknowledged
  • God can never share His glory with man, all glory belongs to him (Romans 16:27), thus when he glorify him by using his gifts well, he gives us praise and honor from others.

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