"Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor."- 1 Peter 2:17
As I was thinking more about honor, what it means, and what it requires of us, I began to think about the things that are required of us as we try to give honor to everyone as Peter tells us. A few posts ago (with the picture of Tony Gwynn) I brought this verse up as I talked about our requirement as coaches or players to honor the game, our coaches, the umpires, and the other team among other things.
As a player, we talked about honoring Tony Gwynn as a hitter, one of the greatest of all time. In order to understand how good of a hitter Tony Gwynn was, we must understand one thing...how hard it is to hit a baseball. To understand how hard it is to hit a baseball we must...try to hit a baseball. To understand how good Tony Gwynn was we must be able to adequately compare Tony Gwynn's ability to our own ability.
Honor requires our own humility. To honor the honorable in another person we must be able to understand where we stand in relation to the other person. I think about this a lot when it comes to Justin Dillard, my co-laborer with FCA CO Baseball. Justin is an incredible teacher, he has the spiritual gift of illustration, he captures an audience, and is clear and concise. I, on the other hand, do not have the gift of teaching, and because I understand my own shortcomings in this regard, I am able to honor those same things in Justin.
I think it is interesting that Peter adds the phrase "Fear God" in this verse. The idea of fearing God is something that we see throughout many different places in the Bible, however I find it interesting that it is connected to honor. To fear God, I must place myself in a correct position in relation to God. To fear God, I must understand my own sin and God's holiness and I must understand my own dependency on Him.
As we work to honor those around us we must also work to place ourselves correctly. We must understand our own abilities and shortcomings and have the humility to be honest with ourselves about them. This honor forces you work to be better. If I understand how much better of a hitter Tony Gwynn was than I am then I will be able to allow Tony Gwynn's swing to teach me and I will improve. Our humility is required for us to honor well.