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Giving Honor to Whom Honor is Due
AN EVENING OF CELEBRATION
This past Saturday evening Tony and I had the pleasure of being part of a special celebration of Jack Hayford’s 80th birthday and the Hayford’s 60th wedding anniversary.
It was a night to capture the essence of Pastor Jack’s life in ministry which has touched multitudes around the world; and Anna, a woman with an immense capacity to serve her husband as a partner in ministry, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and devoted friend to hundreds around the world.
The evening began with a light supper served under a white tent and a time of greeting those who had come from far and near.
Following the meal we entered The Ambassador Auditorium for a concert of music that opened with “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” which featured the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony and the Hayford Tribute Choir. It was only the beginning, but what a riveting moment it was! The atmosphere was electric with the Presence of the Lord.
Some of the evening highlights were personal tributes from those whose lives had been so impacted by Dr. Hayford…from people in the entertainment industry, to those who are currently leading ministries, to a granddaughter. Dr. Robert Morris, Senior Pastor of Gateway Church in Texas brought special comments which were followed by Dr. Hayford’s response.
GIVE HONOR TO WHOM HONOR IS DUE
We are instructed in Romans 13:7 “ To give honor to whom honor is due.”
In Danny Silk’s book, Culture of Honor, he speaks of, the culture of honor as being something that creates an environment that attracts and hosts the presence of God. Life flows through honor. The clear fruit of establishing a culture of honor is that the resurrection life of God begins to flow into people’s lives, homes, and communities, bringing healing, restoration, blessing, joy, hope, and wholeness.
The principle of honor states that accurately acknowledging who people are will position us to give them what they deserve and to receive the gift of who they are in our lives. Yes, life flows through honor. Honor creates life-giving and life-promoting relationships. The key is accurately acknowledging who people are. We can only do this when we recognize their God-given identities and roles.
What a powerful statement! And what a powerful way this is for us to live and to bless one another. It is in knowing how we are known in Heaven and how others are known in Heaven that we can walk in true and vital relationship with one another, accepting each other’s role on earth, as defined by Heaven. No jealousy. No competition. No de-valuing of self.
HAYFORD'S GOD GIVEN IDENTITY AND ROLE
Tribute after tribute spoke of the integrity and wisdom of this much loved and respected man; of his humility, of his graciousness towards others, of the great example he and Anna’s marriage set for others.
As a beloved pastor, prolific author and one of THE most gifted Bible teachers, Pastor Jack’s lasting influence and legacy can never be measured or summarized in one evening. The gathering this night was a beautiful tribute to honor his impact in each of our lives as well as countless others scattered around the world.
So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart,
And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands. Psalm 78:72 NKJ
He has left a priceless legacy.
A LIFE GIVING PRINCIPLE - HONORING OTHERS
Too often, we withhold words of blessing and honor from those we hold most dear.
Too often, we get caught up in the throes of life and let those precious moments of sharing our hearts with one another slip by.
Receive the gift of who they are in your life.
Let life flow through you today as you honor those whom God has placed in your life.
And as I close, I want to honor my husband Tony for his heart full of love, my family for their faithfulness and integrity, and to my Aglow family who has so steadfastly walked forward into the vastness of all that God has for this ministry. You are awesome!