For a long time I used to get very offended when I saw rich people giving expensive gifts to their friends who are likewise rich! Am sure am not alone on this. Because if you’ve ever come from a place of lack, you will believe that the rich ought not to give to the rich but rather give to those who have a genuine need e.g the poor!
Then I began to understand that There is honour in giving to those who already have! Yes get shocked but it’s true! Paupers know how to give when there’s a need, but giving to those who don’t have need seems like a waste to them. Jesus made it clear that royalty has a completely different value system. Princes give to honor people as well as to the needy.
This principle of honor is demonstrated every time we worship. We don’t worship God because He needs our encouragement or anything else from us. Even though He deserves praise and worship, we worship Him out of honor and offer praise that He doesn’t need.
In the same way, when kings, presidents, and prime ministers give gifts to one another, they will intentionally refrain from giving a gift that is needed. Giving to meet a need in another leader would be exposing a place of vulnerability in him, which would actually dishonor him. In other words, when we give to a leader something he needs we are saying that we have discovered a place of lack in his life. We are actually saying, “We have something you don’t have.” Therefore, great leaders often exchange gifts that are luxuries to specifically honor each other.
The disciples did not have a perspective of honor in their hearts and it distorted their understanding of stewardship. They saw what the woman with the alabaster oil did for Jesus as a waste. Jesus said that her extravagant honor would make her famous. Honor will change the way we see the King and the manner in which we relate to His sons and Daughters!
honour will affect why and how we give!