Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A Prophet's Reward? Really?

In Matthew 10:40-42 we read "He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me. Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward." Did you catch that? A prophet's reward? A righteous man's reward? This is really exciting! It's not only the one who actually does the good deed or preaches the sermon, or goes to the mission field who will receive rewards, but the ones who are supporting them and holding up their hands! It can seem to those who are state side or who can't seem to do "great" things, that they have nothing or little to offer the Lord. But, I beg to differ based on this passage.
I think of my own parents. They are not flashy or big name people. They have never pastored a church or gone to the mission field. But, they have worked quietly behind the scenes many times to advance God's work. For example, several times in the past number of years, they have hosted in their home for an extended period of time, Leroy and Myrtle Adams who are missionaries to Egypt. My mother has helped arrange their schedule and helped coordinate missionary services for them in the mid west. My mother has cooked them meals. My father has shuttled them around and paid for restaurant meals for them. Is it possible, based on this passage of scripture that in heaven, when the rewards are passed out to Leroy and Myrtle Adams that we will also hear "Gary and Alma Jean Wright?"
So, my friend, if you feel that you have little or nothing to offer, look around and see who you can come along side...who you can support in some way. Remembering that each act of service from a heart of love for the Savior will not be forgotten or overlooked!


wildhope said...

Amen sister! It takes all of us. Even the pinky toe has a job! That's me!

Love ya here in the Frozen state of Michigan! Four more inches today! Yee-Hah!!!

Mamabear said...

Hey sharm,, Yes, I'll be at IHC,, (pretty sure) Wish you were coming!
We still get Pepperidge Farms cakes sometimes! :-)
We do have alot of awesome memories.. Klondike Mel?? LOL She probably doesn't consider that an awesome memory,, HA!
Remember when you used to make me dance the polka?? lol

Beth Stetler said...

Hey Sharmen, I found you on Tracey's blog. I totally agree. God made us all with different interests and abilities. His work is too varied to be done by the same "types" of people.