(this video is the full worship service; just the message from Pastor Doug, Advent One, can be found here.)
Jesus gave us a wonderful example of how to honor God the Father. His whole life was about this. His focus was always upward. He taught us why He came to be with us on earth: to know His Father. The Gospel story, the Christmas story, is a love story. Mary of Bethany also gave us an example of honoring someone. When she gave sacrificially an anointing gift to Jesus, a gift meant for her own anointing. she showed us how to honor someone without measure. (Mark 14:1-9) So why honor God? When we begin to understand His character, His true way of being, we begin the journey of finding all that He longs for us to have: His love, His joy, His peace. Jesus honored His Father in everything He did and said. He is our example.
You see, you have not received a spirit that returns you to slavery, so you have nothing to fear. The Spirit you have received adopts you and welcomes you into God’s own family. That’s why we call out to Him, “Abba! Father!” as we would address a loving daddy. Romans 8:15 (the Voice)