astor, evangelist and author, Rich Wilkerson Sr’s book, I Choose Honor, hit bookstores and online bookstores across the country on April 2, 2019.
Wilkerson touches on many themes throughout the book, including humility, respect and extravagant worship. All of them circle around honor, the main theme of the book.
“Honor is our way of honoring what God has created, whether it’s God’s earth or animals,” Wilkerson tells Atlanta Christian Voice. “I think it works in lots of categories of life.”
One of the themes of the book, kissing up, is a theme of the first chapter of I Choose Honor. Wilkerson defines kissing up as an act of humility before God.
Wilkerson also thinks that kissing up is an expression of worship before God.
“Kissing up is really a Biblical term,” Wilkerson said. “It’s really what we do when we worship the Lord. We’re kissing upward. We’re worshipping because He is greater than us.”
Inner and outer worship are also central themes to I Choose Honor. Wilkerson believes that inner and outer worship are acts of humility before the Lord.
“I think that worship comes from way inside of us,” Wilkerson tells Atlanta Christian Voice. “Worship is a humbling or ourselves before God. The only One who we are really under is Jesus. He is the Ultimate. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. I worship Him. Worshiping the Lord is another act of humility.”
“I think that worship comes from way inside of us,” Wilkerson tells Atlanta Christian Voice. “Worship is a humbling or ourselves before God. Worshiping the Lord is another act of humility.”
Wilkerson believes that honoring people is a part of the ministry of God because it is a ministry in and of itself. He makes a clear distinction between respect and honor.
“Honor mixes servant leadership and humility,” Wilkerson said. “I think that you can respect someone and not know them. I think that to honor someone is to get more involved with people. I think you have to know people. Jesus died for both: for people He created and for God’s people. It’s the Jesus way. It is the lifestyle of Jesus Christ.”
Another theme that ties back to the main theme of honor in I Choose Honor is circles of honor, which is divided into four categories, according to I Choose Honor: a person’s eternal family (Father God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit), a person’s earthly family, a person’s chosen disciples and a person’s church.
These categories of I Choose Honor tie back to the message of I Choose Honor.
“Jesus is the perfect example of circles of honor,” Wilkerson tells Atlanta Christian Voice. “I hope that [readers] will get a different feel of, “I can make a difference.” The truth is that I can make a difference now. I can start honoring now. Wisdom is not wisdom until it is asked for.”
“Jesus is the perfect example of circles of honor,” Wilkerson tells Atlanta Christian Voice.
Wilkerson was inspired by the ministry of His church, Trinity Church, to write I Choose Honor.
“Our church was formed on servant leadership,” Wilkerson told Atlanta Christian Voice. “We have seven core values and one of them is that honor is our calling. I think that [I Choose Honor] is being received well and I am thankful that the Lord helped me to do it.”
(From left to right): Rich Wilkerson and his wife, Robyn Wilkerson.