“Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor” (Romans 13:7 NKJ).
As a supervisor, it has been my leadership style to see that I would catch my people doing an excellent job, instead of looking for petty thing that has nothing to do to boost morale in our workforce. I ensure to write a quick positive commendation for individuals who perform a good job, and letting them know that their share of labor is well appreciated. And they like it!
It’s quite amazing how believers have no difficulty in giving thanks to God, but to show gratitude to fellow believers is like pulling out a stubborn rotten tooth. It’s not that we require our brethren to say thank you for every marvelous things we do. But the Bible is teaching us to give recognition to those who deserved it. This is almost a forgotten character of a believer – to show gratitude toward our brethren who deserved recognition and appreciation.
I’ve never been in all nations of the world to witness if all men have one common behavior, which is the “giving of gratitude or thanks;” but I sincerely believe that majority of us show our appreciation to those who have blessed us. And whatever medium of communication we use, we express our thanks to people who have been nice to us. We have no difficulty to say, “Thank you.”
On the other hand, there are certain people who never appreciate others, no matter how they’ve been helped. This behavior shows probably because of a “culture thing” or simply a family orientation which how they were trained – the phrase “thanks and thank you,” is alien to them.
The worst offenders are those who believe that people owed them something, and they feel that they’re not obligated to give thanks when receiving a blessing/s. They sincerely believe that the blessings they received came directly from God, and purposely forget the person/s that God used to bless them. In addition, they think that they deserved better, that they should have received more.
The letter of Paul to Timothy, warns us that in the last days, people will be unthankful. Unthankful is a result of being lovers of themselves, being conceited, and being insecure. The unthankful fears of recognizing someone that is better than him, because he/she is threatened that others may overshadow him/her with other people’s spiritual gifts.
The story of Joseph the Dreamer is a classic. Read 40th chapter of the Book of Genesis.
The story went like this: Joseph was locked up in a dungeon along with the Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer and chief baker. While serving their time, both the cup-bearer and the baker had separate dreams, but no one was able to interpret the meaning of their dreams. Joseph, knowing that interpreting of dreams was God’s business, went to work, allowing God to use him. Joseph interpreted both dreams. Joseph predicted the cup-bearer’s release and his return to the palace as Pharaoh’s cup-bearer. Consequently, Joseph asked the cup-bearer to mention him to Pharaoh about the things he did, so that Pharaoh may also release him. However, the cup-bearer forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought.
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,” (2 Timothy 3:1-2 NKJ).
You see, this man didn’t even visit Joseph in the dungeon to say, “Thank you.” I don’t know about you but Joseph received a raw deal here. He was stuck in a dungeon while this person was enjoying his life, and deliberately erased Joseph from his memory. Because of his insecurity, thinking that Joseph would be recognized for his gift and become a friend of Pharaoh, he treated Joseph like someone who had never existed before. No mention or whatsoever to Pharaoh about Joseph. But God didn’t forget the plans He prepared for Joseph. He eventually elevated Joseph as a second in command to Pharaoh.
You’re life may mirror this particular incident in Joseph’s life. A child of God who was deliberately forgotten by the insecurities of a conceited; however, God has a plan for you. He will take you out from a dungeon and will use you to lead His people in a mighty move of the Holy Spirit in these last days.
Another Biblical principle related to “giving honor to whom is due,” is the giving of compensation to people we hired to work for us. The Apostle James gives us a clear and a straightforward warning of this unbecoming behavior of a child of God.
“For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The wages you held back cry out against you” (James 5:4 NLT).
My 12-year old daughter once “baby sit” a little puppy for almost a week when the owner went on a lavish vacation. The owner was a family friend and knows that my kids don’t mind to care for the puppy while she’s gone. When she came back after five days, she picked up her pet and took off without paying my daughter for the “baby sit.” My wife thought she would probably pay her the next day or two. To my wife’s surprise, the owner had never thought about paying my daughter from day one. She thought that it was OK to “baby sit” her pet for a few days without compensating the sitter. We felt so sorry for my daughter who was expecting some cash on her hand for a hard work she did. But the cash never came.
Again, as believers in Christ, we shall render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor, even wages to whom wages are due. It has always been my Christian philosophy to bless people especially those who have shown favor to me, to my family, and to my ministry. These people deserved to be blessed, and the Bible has declared that the works of their hands shall prosper.
No wonder some believers never receive the overflowing blessings, and remain in lack because they have been cheating, and taking advantage of the goodness of others.