YOU CAN GET A MISSIONARY’S REWARD
There are some people who go… some who stay. Both are needed. Both are rewarded.
This is illustrated in the story when David and his soldiers came home to find nothing but ashes. The enemy had ransacked the city and kidnapped their wives and children. David took off in hot pursuit to catch them. Along the way, one third of the men were so exhausted that they couldn’t go any further so David told them to stay and wait for them to return. David did catch up with the Amalakites and re-captured their families and possessions. When they returned to the 1/3 who stayed behind, there were those who said they didn’t deserve any of the spoils of war. But David’s response was: “For as his share is who goes down into the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage. They shall share alike” (I Sam 30:24).
This principle is repeated in the New Testament in passages like:
Mt 10:41-42: “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”3 John 1:8 Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
Sometime, we may be tempted to think that only those that go will receive a reward from the Lord of the Harvest. There is a reward for those who stay behind. We need both. While the missionary may appear to be the hero… there are incredible people who remain at home to pray, give and encourage. They are the indispensible part of the mission enterprise. Just like the cowboys on a trail drive could not survive without the cook and the chuck wagon staying behind to support them when they returned, missions would not happen without those who stay behind “by the stuff.” They need to be applauded. They need to be rewarded… and God will.
Guest blogger: Paul Seger, Biblical Ministries Worldwide