Honor

My Thoughts on the Motion Experience

First, let me start by saying that it was freakin’ awesome to get to hang out with the Motion peeps yesterday. I’m so glad we’re going steady now (that won’t make any sense if you weren’t there yesterday).

I’m absolutely blown away by the passion and commitment of our leaders and volunteers. They understand the virtue of honor and embrace it whole-heartedly. Like I’ve said before, “They make THIS what THIS is.”

It was so encouraging to see so many new faces. We will continue to work diligently to make Motion a place that you can believe in enough to invite your unchurched friends and family. Our vision is simply for people that don’t know Jesus to come to know Him through the church. I heard a quote one time that seems fitting: “We want the Message of Jesus to be comfort to the afflicted and affliction to the comforted.”

One of the Laws of Motion (core values) is generosity. We got to live this out by giving 10% of our offering to an organization called charity:water. You can track our campaign by going to http://mycharitywater.org/Motionchurch

The grand crescendo is this: the best is yet to come. Not even in a metaphorical sense, but literally, we are just getting started. We are already larger in attendance than the average church in America. We’ve got some great things planned, but God has even greater things than we can imagine. It’s appropriate to finish this post with the lyrics from the chorus of the song that is somewhat of our mantra.

“Greater things are yet to come,
Greater things are still to be done
In this city!”

Bringing Honor Back

Lately at our Motion Church gatherings we’ve been breaking down the series that Pastor Steven Furtick did called Honorology. I have to be honest, this is something that I have much to learn about.

Some of the highlights:

The difference between honor and respect. 

“The level of honor you give is determined by the amount of value you perceive.”

“Honor is a foreign language in our generation.”

“Honor one another above yourself.” Romans 12:10

Honor is one of those things that is easy to talk about it, but incredibly difficult to live. I’ve heard that scripture in Romans hundreds of times and it still messes with me when I really think about it. It’s easy to skim right over that like another cute biblical principal like “love your neighbor”. BUT if we really stop and think about it, this scripture calls for more from us than most of us are willing to give.

Let me stop and clarify, I’m not there yet. I am still learning about honor, and the more I learn about honor the more I learn that I still have to learn. That doesn’t let me off the hook. I’m ultimately responsible for my negligence of honor. I had a judge tell me one time (long story) that ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it.

Here’s the culmination of my tutelage on honor: it’s not easy, but it’s the best way to live. Take away the fact that it’s in the Bible and we believe that it is divinely inspired. It would still be the best way to live. Living under the assumption that people have value and worth trumps living selfishly any day of the week.

Let’s bring honor back!