Receiving Honor

Receiving Honor

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries1 Minutes

After Moses died, some Israelites likely had questions about his successor, Joshua. What kind of leader would he be? Could he hear from God and effectively lead them? God soon made it obvious that Joshua was the right man.

His leadership became clear as he stood before the Israelites, preparing to lead them across the Jordan River. God “magnified” Joshua in that moment, which is not the same as being popular or receiving praise. This caused the people to stand “in awe of him,” just as they had been in awe of Moses.

Joshua’s faithful service to Moses gave earthly merit, but God’s blessing exceeded any natural praise or popularity. This honor only can be given sovereignly by God to those who please Him.

Many people focus on achieving worldly success. They may gain riches, impress others, and experience short-term fame. They may seem to gain the whole world. But as Jesus warned, in the process they may “forfeit [their] life” (Mark 8:36). The Bible reminds us that our priority should be on pleasing God. The only honor that matters is the honor He gives.

Remember that seeking God’s kingdom should be your priority. Serve Him with your time, talents, and treasures. Make it your goal for Him to say of you, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21). Seek to be pleasing to Him.