May God Reward You Greatly, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

It is a sweet thing to be rewarded. There is a good feeling that comes with when one is rewarded for a good deed. It means that one’s effort is acknowledged, and there is a greater tendency that such a fellow would want to repeat the same feat again or even better.

One of the special rewards I can easily remember was sometime in 1990/1991. I was then in the Army, we had a new Battalion Commander that love sport. So my Battalion got registered for a football league in the State. 30 best footballers in our Battalion were selected to play soccer only, which I happened to be one of them; as such we were exempted from every other military duty in order to concentrate on the league. What a great reward it was for me. All the hardships of Army life were set aside for that year for us!
We really enjoyed ourselves.
– May God reward you with an easy life.
May you enjoy peace of mind.
May life become a pleasure for you in Jesus name.

Life will somehow become uninteresting without the concept of reward. Many will lack the motivation or enthusiasm to aspire and achieve without it. That is why in every facet of life, there is usually a reward for people that distinguished themselves.

At times, the reward could be a word of commendation, a certificate given, a gift, a prize amount, a set record, an honour bestowed, etc. Whatever it is, it is to say well done to the fellow, encouraged them to do more, and challenge others to emulate them.

Interestingly, God started the concept/doctrine of reward and it will also end with Him.
While Adam and Eve were obedient to God, they enjoyed the rewards of fellowship with God, but when they disobeyed, they were thrown out.

Abel used the firstfruits and the best of his animals to sacrifice to God, he was rewarded with acceptance. But because Cain used just any proceeds of his farm, his own offering was rejected.
Genesis 4:3-5 – And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
– God rewarded Abel with recognition and respect. For Cain, it was the opposite.
May all your offerings earn the recognition and respect of God.

In Hebrews 11:6, that bible teaches us that God wants us to demonstrate our faith in Him so as to please Him, believing that He exists and that He does reward those who seek Him diligently.
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.
– God is not a force. He is a person, a being. The same way we deal with people who exist and we seek their commendation and reward, the same must be seen of God, and guess what? He will surely reward.
May God reward your seeking of Him in Jesus name.

The people of Bible times are familiar with the word ‘reward’. So God declared to Abram in Genesis 15:1
After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

Amongst all things that are given as a reward by Man, to be given another human being is out of the question. Only God can offer such as a reward. However, God is making a statement here that the human mind cannot comprehend.
How can God offered Himself as a reward to a mortal?
What sort of reward can God become to a human being?
How will it show that God has become someone’s reward? All these are too deep to understand.

The easier question will be why would God promised to be a reward to Abram?

1. In Gen. 13:18, There ensued quarrels between the herdsmen of Abram and Lot. Abram told his nephew Lot that they need to separate to avoid clashes. So he asked Lot to choose which portion of Canaan to dwell. Lot chose the watered plains of Jordan towards Sodom. Abram had to go to the opposite direction, which were the rocky patches of Canaan. As a man, one will be fearful of what the family will eat and what the herds will graze. At this time Abram might have up to 500 servants. 318 servants who could fight not too long from then…
– Have you been rendered disadvantaged? God will be your exceeding great reward. His livestock didn’t die. He was at all times richer than Lot.
God will not let you suffer. That patch that has been given to you will become fertile.

2. In Gen. 14:1-24, There came a time that certain kings came and raided Sodom and Gomorrah where Lot lived. The raiders went with the occupants of the city and everything in it, Lot and his family too was taken.

Abram and 318 of his trained servants pursued these kings, rescued the king and the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah, together with Lot and his family. He returned all that belongs to the people of Sodom and only took the spoil the four kings got from raiding other lands.

Abram did not want the king of Sodom and Gomorrah to take the glory of God upon his life; he did not succumb to the enticement and temptation regarding the spoils, especially as he was the one that retrieved them back.
Genesis 14:21-23 – And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, That I will not take from a thread even to a shoe latchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:

God saw how Abram cherished Him, then He assured him that He will be his exceeding great reward.

Many years ago, my father was appointed as a Vehicle Inspection Officer in Ibadan City.
It was an appointment that could make one rich very quickly. He was to conduct routine checks on commercial vehicles on the roads of Ibadan, and maintenance service checks on Civil Service vehicles. This he did without any compromise. Though he was never rich financially till he died, yet he was very rich towards God and honoured among men. God never forsook him nor allowed us to beg for bread.

– Are certain ‘Sodom’ gifts been flaunted at you to tempt you? Hold unto God. He will be your exceeding great reward. Whatever you gave up for the excellency of God, shall be given to you in exceeding measure.

3. As Abram was coming back from the war with the kings, he met Someone on the way called Melchisedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High. Abram recognised that this Person was greater than himself, and so gave Him the tenth of all he had. At this time, there was no law on tithing; this action of Abram must have again triggered the exceeding greatness of God upon his life.

Offering is easy, tithe can be hard. It can be tempting for a believer to eat his/her tithe. Tithe must not be missed. It comes with a promise to prove God for overwhelming blessings if obeyed; it also comes with a curse if disobeyed.

Are you afraid of paying your tithe? I can assure you that if you pay all and not some in good faith, God will grant you exceeding great rewards. I am not asking you to prove me; God said you should prove Him now and see for yourself.

4. All the while, Abram was living in Canaan as a stranger. He had no portion of his own. Even when his wife died, he had to beg the people to sell a small portion to him to bury Sarah (Gen. 23:1-2). It must have been a tough time for someone that must have been established in Mesopotamia. God however told him that all the land will belong to him and his seed.

May be you are squatting, renting, leasing, or on mortgage. That is not your final stop. God will give you total ownership of His heritage.
Are you disappointed because people never rewarded you adequately? God shall be your exceeding great reward. No one can pay your worth, only God can.

What do people do to their special rewards? They make special showcase for them. They cherish them and jealously guide them.
Watch Olympics, those medals are precious. I saw Djokovic crying as he lost his place to proceed in the tournament recently, it is not for money, it is the fame and honour that comes with the gold medal.
May your reward be of gold value.

In I Cor. 9:24-25, Many athletes compete in a race but one obtains the first prize.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25 – Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
– May God grant you the power and the grace to run and obtain a worthy prize in Jesus name.

God is not unrighteous to forget those that needed reward. Man may forget, God will not.
Hebrews 6:10
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
– May God reward your work.
May He reward your labour of love in Jesus name.

God reward is all round. Spiritual and physical.
Matthew 19:27-29 – Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
– May your reward of eternal life be sure.
May God reward you with houses and lands hundred times more. May God bless you with all that you need, with wife, with husband, with children and with great relationships.
May He bless you with gold and silver in abundance.

There is nothing compared to eternal reward which God only gives.
1 Corinthians 15:19 – If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
Your life shall not end in misery in Jesus name.

So the message I bring to you from God today is to continue in doing good. Do not be weary. Your reward will surely come.
Galatians 6:9 – And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
– May God grant you a hundred fold of all the good deeds you have done.
May your heart not faint in doing good.

Jesus Himself encourages the believers not to relent in doing good as promised to reward everyone when He comes back.
Revelation 22:12
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
– May your work on earth earn you a glorious reward in Jesus name.

In Psychology and even in practical life, we are thought that reward has its opposite, which is punishment. So that for every behaviour, action or deed, there is either a reward or a punishment.
– It is my prayer that in life you will not be punished.
Man will not punish you.
The hosts of hell will not punish you.
God Almighty will not punish you.
The cosmic system will not punish you in Jesus name.

God saw certain virtue in Abram that He wanted to reward him for. Abram was humble and patient – which he showed with Lot;
He was forgiven, sacrificial and not greedy – which he showed by rescuing Lot and not taking what belongs to the Canaanite kings;
He acknowledged the supremacy and faithfulness of God upon his life – which he showed by paying a tenth of the spoil he collected from the four kings that raided Canaan and surrounding lands;
He had great faith in God – by leaving the comfort of Mesopotamia and going to where God asked him to go.
– Let us emulate and imbibe these virtues and God will reward us in greater dimensions in Jesus name.

Almighty Father, demonstrate to the whole world that you are mine and that I am Yours.

The sermon, May God Reward You Greatly, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, RCCG Everlasting Father’s Assembly, Leeds, was delivered on August 21, 2016.

Article by RCCG EFA YORK