But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)
This might be the reason many church folks end up thinking God failed to reward them for their supposed service to Him; because they did the wrong service and expected the wrong reward. God did not promise to reward us with something for being busy in religious activities.
What God rewards us with is grace, the divine energy that gets things done. In the book of Hebrews chapter eleven, God shows us something rather remarkable, He shows us that it is in His nature to make real in our lives whatever knowledge of Him we search out and receive with faith. Here we see that the labour God expects of us is the labour of searching Him out, and believing what we find, hence, ask, seek and knock.
The word “rewarder” actually should be translated “testifies” or “bears witness to”. So, God is saying that whatever knowledge of Him we search out, He will bear witness to it through the faith it will birth in us, causing us to come into the manifestation of that truth. We labour in the word and ‘prayer’, and we find faith. Our reward is to shine like the stars among men by the works of our faith in God. We are channels through which God broadcasts Himself to the world. There’s no greater honour!
My greatest inspiration as a teacher of God’s word, Charles Spurgeon once said, that if a man be as a ram’s horn, and with him his maker makes sweet sounds, that it shall be to that man’s gain, if he finds a way to make himself into a golden horn, that his maker may make more melodious sounds out of him. It is with you that the knowledge of the glory of the Lord covers the earth as the waters cover the sea. Ask! Seek! Knock! Seek Him with all your heart, for everything you find out about Him shall become real in your life if you receive them with faith. BE a witness!
Church leaders who teach their congregation that honour is money given, will end up in the end with the same disappointment God had with the old covenant. The old covenant was about material things, about physical observances. It didn’t get to the heart of those who practiced them, and so it failed to produce the life of God in people. These church leaders will end up having many ‘sons’ and ‘daughters’ who will give them money, but whose hearts will be very far from why the ministry was even born in the first place.
Some church leaders start out with a godly vision from God, and soon God sends people their way, sons and daughters who ought to inherit their vision and honour them by taking the vision to different spheres of society, and to higher levels. But when some church leaders begin to teach their people that honouring them as ‘fathers’ is the same as giving them financial gifts, these sons and daughters will imbibe this lie, and lose sight of what honour really means. Their greatest efforts will be to out give everyone else, because they want to honour the ‘father’.
That is how the godly vision dies. It becomes replaced with mammon. Isaac said to Esau, bring me venison such as I love, that my soul may bless you. You see, when church leaders make it clear to their congregation that the venison their soul loves, is money, that is what they will bring to them, money. Where a man’s treasure is, there will his heart be also. That is how the devil subtly reduces the ministry God committed into your hands to money, and most of you never even realise it.
Dear church leader, if the venison your heart loves is money, if money is what provokes the anointing on your life to fall upon your sons and daughters in the ministry, and not the actions and accomplishments of these sons and daughters in ways that express, increase and spread what God laid in your heart when you began, then Sir, Ma, you are raising children that will break your heart in the end, that is if you are still standing with God to even notice you have raised children that dishonour the memory of the thing that their father lived and is dying for.
May God open your eyes to see.
Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, (I Timothy 3:8 NKJV)
A leader must deserve respect. To be honourable is to be worthy of honour. It is not a privilege, it must be earned. The scriptures talk about the man that cleanses himself from questionable habits, it says he will by so doing make himself a vessel worthy of honour. In other words, he will by his own doing determine whether people will respect him or disrespect him. Therefore, honour is not a positional thing so to say, it is a character thing. You get it by the kind of life you lead, not by what position you occupy. So, you don’t automatically become honourable because you are born again, or because you occupy a leadership position, you become honourable because you are now doing things that deserve honour.
You can’t withdraw from an ATM machine an amount you have not deposited with the bank.
A leader must treasure honesty highly. Aim that in everything, you will speak the truth and never misrepresent the facts. A leader should not be prone to changing his opinions to suit others. He must be bold and confident about his words. It is hard to trust or even believe a double-tongued person. Be sincere and certain. Study to know, interpret correctly, and apply rightly.
Don’t be disparate for wealth. Don’t crave success so much that you resort to questionable ways to get it. If you can’t get it the right way, forget it. This is where you must remember that, the end does not justify the means, it is the means that justify the ends. Are you getting this? Don’t coerce, manipulate or “prophetically harass” people in order to part them from their possessions. In business, don’t cheat people. Value integrity over profit.
O LORD COME SOON?