Compensation Time (Don't Settle For Crumbs) #2
There is a difference between being paid and being compensated. A person could work on a job and get paid a salary, even though they may “slack off” too much. Also, some people are not getting paid enough or being compensated for their true value. However, with God He is about to compensate some of us because of our value to Him. A movie star could make $20 mil a movie, work about two months in making the movie and not have to work the rest of the year. This person is paid so much because he/she is valuable to the movie company. Again, God is ready to compensate some of His “key people” that have been laboring and laboring so much and not being compensated by man. God watched when some of us ministered and helped so many people in a church service and received little or nothing from the Pastor for the effort. We didn’t do it for the money; we were just obedient to God. Well He took note of it and is about to compensate us because we are valuable to Him. We just want to please and obey Him. Just because a Pastor is ministering to hundreds or thousands in a church he may not be pleasing God. He may consider it just a job and gets paid. None of the people in the congregation are drawing closer to Jesus. He is just giving them “pablum” or baby food. He wants to just give them enough to get by and not challenge them to draw closer to Jesus. He is not helping to really change their lives but just wants to placate them and keep them comfortable so they don’t “up and leave.” On the other hand, you may have someone who just has a few people in the church but is effectively communicating what the Father wants to say to His children. He is not concerned by their reaction to what he preaches, but is just concerned that He obeys the Father. This person is being set up by the Father to be compensated beyond what he could ever imagine! Maybe this could be you and you are wondering why so many other ministries are prospering financially so much, but it has been such a struggle for you. Well, God is ready to move! Are you ready to receive? Again, you are valuable to Him and He recognizes this and wants to prepare a table for you in the presence of your enemies! You have been laboring so hard and all your labor is not in vain. He is ready to pour out and show forth His favor on you to other people around you who have “written you off.”
Being valuable to God is not about how much you do for Him but just that you are obedient to what He asks you to do. Sometimes it means just sitting still and worshipping Him. A prime example of this is in 2 Chronicles Chapter 20; Jehoshaphat was surrounded by the enemy and God didn’t ask him to fight but just to send his praise and worship leaders out first in battle. God said that the battle was His (verse15). He didn’t even want Jehoshaphat or his army even lifting up a sword. Sometimes we think that we have to be so busy for God when all He is asking us to do is stand still and let Him be God! Obedience is better than sacrifice. God caused the enemy to kill each other as Jehoshaphat obeyed the LORD (verse 22). All Jehoshaphat had to do was pick up the spoils from the dead men. It took him three days to gather all the spoils (verse 25). You see God really compensated Jehoshaphat for obeying His instructions. Spoils are what the Devil doesn’t want us to have, people don’t think we deserve them but God just gives them to us anyway! Those of you that are doing His will get ready to be compensated like no man on earth can ever compensate! Just don’t look to a man, look to the Mighty One!
Another example of God’s compensation is in recorded in Exodus Chapter 14; God had told the Israelites to prepare to leave Egypt on Passover, by eating a meal and having their shoes on and a staff in their hand. They arrived at the Red Sea three days later and needed a miracle. He had promised Moses that He wanted to bring His people out of Egypt into a land flowing with milk and honey. He wanted to bring them into abundance. He wanted to compensate them for all that they had been through (Exodus 3 verse 8). They obeyed God and are now blocked in by mountains on either side, the Red Sea in front of them and the Egyptians coming after them from behind. God wanted to bring them into abundance and He was not going to let the Red Sea or the Egyptians stop His plans for His people. He told Moses to stand still and see His salvation (verse 13). He wanted to compensate His people by bringing them into the new land and He did just that by opening the Red Sea. He made a way for His people and He wants to do the same for you. He wants to compensate you in a way that you may never have expected.
As His people came into the new land, Jericho was standing in their way to receiving God’s compensation. God gave Joshua a plan of going around the city once a day for six days and seven times on the seventh day for a total of thirteen times. Some people think that the number thirteen is an unlucky number but No! It is a number of deliverance! On the seventh time on the seventh day they were told to shout, they did and God pushed the walls of Jericho down. God made a way for them because of their obedience to His plans!
Continue to be obedient to Him and watch how He gives you a miracle of compensation. Just remember, don’t look to man!