Kingdom Culture: Honor Affirms Value

By Jeanne Velasco Vicars

Honor is an interesting thing. People say that respect is earned. But that is of the world. Honor means to regard with great respect. And in the Bible, you can actually honor anyone. To affirm is to state something as a fact. Value is how important something is to you. The story of the Samaritan woman at the well comes to mind when talking about these things.

You have learned many things of the world ever since you were children. For example, they always say that “God helps those who help themselves.” So you will do all you can to provide for your family, thinking that God will have mercy on you. But you forget that God is actually the one who provides. You take care of your health by eating healthy food all the time. But you forget to ask God for healing when you are sick.

In John 4, it talks about the Samaritan woman. “Now he had to go through Samaria. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” Jews do not talks to Samaritans. Samaritans believe that they are children of God. But Jews think that they are the ONLY children of God. And Jewish men also do not talk to women. But in the previous verses, Jesus gave honor to the Samaritan woman. Jesus would not have talked to her if He did not care for her. In the Kingdom Culture, you need to be inclusive. You have to accept and give significance to other people. That reflects your identity. You have to be people of honor. It is