In Romans 13:7, Paul gives this instruction: “Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.”
Since the first part of Romans 13 is about submission to the authorities we often apply Romans 13:1-7 to our governments (federal, state, and local).
But cannot respect and honor be owed to someone other than a government authority? Absolutely! Respect and honor can be owed to just about anyone.
Take, for example, elders. They immediately come to mind when thinking about people to whom respect and honor is due. 1 Timothy 5:17 says, “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor…”
In 1 Timothy 6:1-2 Paul tells Timothy that slaves are consider their masters as worthy of honor...especially if those masters are also believers.
And in 1 Timothy 5:3ff Paul tells how the church can and should honor “widows who are truly widows.”
These are just the instructions Paul gives in one short letter to Timothy. Clearly there are many people who deserve our respect and honor.
Allow me to tell you about one person in particular here at Eastgate who deserves our respect and honor.
According to the calendar on the wall of the office, today, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, is what is known as Administrative Professionals Day (also known as Secretaries Day).
For more than 15½ years, Donna Noll has served as the church secretary for us. She handles many difficult tasks (for one, she has to work with me on a daily basis!) and she does these tasks in a commendable fashion.
I don’t know how long it has been since you mentioned to Donna how much you appreciate the work she does at the office, but however long it has been, well, that’s too long.
Please join me in paying respect and honor to Donna Noll for the work she does...we owe it to her!