Daily Office: God Rewards those who are Faithful!

Daily Office

February 10, 2015

Morning

“Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.

For yet in a very little while,

He who is coming will come, and will not delay.

But My righteous one shall live by faith;

And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”

Hebrews 10: 35-38, NASB

The phrase “which has a great reward” in verse 35, is from the Greek word misthapodisia. The word mistha is the word for money, a person’s salary, or a payment that is due. It was primarily used in an industrial or commercial context to denote a payment, salary, or reward that was given for a job performed. However, when it becomes the word misthpodisia, it doesn’t just refer to a payment, but to a recompense, reimbursement, settlement, or reparation.[1]

There are word mistha communicates the idea of being paid for a present labor. In this verse the compound word means reimbursement for expenses you spent to do the job; a settlement to care of injuries or losses; or reparations to cover all that vanished due to war.[2] The use of this compound word is that God is mindful of all the ways that we have stayed the course to remain on our assignment. He remembers the battles that you have fought for Him.

This is powerful in the context of the chapter because verse 35, opens with the word “Therefore” which is a key hinge word which translates, “in light of all that I have previously stated.” The writer of Hebrews is reminding them of the New Covenant and that the Lord has seen all that they have suffered in order to serve Him. The writer of Hebrews then states how they have need of endurance so that they can receive what was promised to them. This word for endurance literally translates patient endurance.[3] It denotes that it is the Spirit that can bear all things but not with an attitude of resignation, but instead with blazing hope because it knows what the goal is to glorify Christ and to attain an eternal prize.[4] There is no need to begin to live timidly but rather it is in the face of struggles that one lives out loud boldly recognizing that God will fulfill what He promises to those who are faithful.

Today, in our contemporary and modern setting there is much discussion concerning skills, leadership, mission and vision. These are all important topics but all of these concepts are useless if one is not simply faithful. Billy Graham once declared, “The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.” The faithful man or woman does not seek circumstances to change toward the positive for them to remain faithful, but rather, the faithful man or woman seeks the face of Christ as they courageously endure with hope because of a promise already given!  Billy Graham quote


Renner, Rick. 1965. Sparkling Gems from the Greek. Tulsa, OK: Teach All Nations.

Rogers, Fritz Rienecker and Cleon. 1976. Linguistic Key to the Greek New Testament. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House.

 

[1] (Renner 1965) p 82.

[2] (Renner 1965) p 82.

[3] (Rogers 1976) p 705.

[4] (Rogers 1976) p 705.


References:

Renner, Rick. 1965. Sparkling Gems from the Greek. Tulsa, OK: Teach All Nations.

Rogers, Fritz Rienecker and Cleon. 1976. Linguistic Key to the Greek New Testament. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House.

About PastorAl

Al Soto has been married to his incredible wife Valerie for 30 years and they have five sons and one grandson. Al has been in Local Church Ministry for 35 years as both as a Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, and for five years as a Regional Overseer for his denomination. He has a BA degree from LIFE Pacific College and is currently completing an MA in Leadership & Spiritual Formation from Vanguard University. He currently resides in Lincoln, CA where he is the new Lead Pastor for one of the Campus locations for Bayside Church. He continues to coach High School Football for the Lincoln Fighting Zebras for the Junior Varsity Program and is facilitating Leadership training and coaching as well as facilitating Spiritual Retreats. His hobbies include Golfing and Scuba Diving as well as he is a veracious reader. His Life Statement is “Real Success is Helping others to Succeed!”
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