Divine Payday

Reference Verse: John 4:36

And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.

Summary

God’s reward system isn’t the same as the world’s. His reward scheme is founded on diligence: being willing to do good works for the Lord in this life. These bring us certain types of rewards.

Let’s examine Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently seek him.”

What are those rewards?

Esther 8: 4-5: “Then the king extended the gold scepter to Esther and she arose and stood before him. “If it pleases the king,” she said, “and if he regards me with favor and thinks it the right thing to do, and if he is pleased with me, let an order be written overruling the dispatches that Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, devised and wrote to destroy the Jews in all the king’s provinces.”

The above passages state that the king saw Esther and held out his golden scepter to her. As did Esther, if we are to have God’s scepter extended towards us we will find:

1. Favor (Esther 8:5)

2. Authority (Esther 8:5)

“If it pleases the king,” she said, “and if he regards me with favor and thinks it the right thing to do, and if he is pleased with me, let an order be written overruling the dispatches that Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, devised and wrote to destroy the Jews in all the king’s provinces.”

3. Recompense and Power (Esther 8:11)

“The king’s edict granted the Jews in every city the right to assemble and protect themselves; to destroy, kill and annihilate the armed men of any nationality or province who might attack them and their women and children,[b] and to plunder the property of their enemies.”

4. Honor (Esther 8:15-17)

“When Mordecai left the king’s presence, he was wearing royal garments of blue and white, a large crown of gold and a purple robe of fine linen. And the city of Susa held a joyous celebration. 16 For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor. 17 In every province and in every city to which the edict of the king came, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them.”

Now that you know what God will reward in anything you do, “run your faith race that ye may obtain your payday!“

Summary text by: Zashkia Opelanio