The promise for the month of March is found in 2 Chronicles 15:7 Pastor Paul Dawson expounds this verse stating that every work of the Lord will be rewarded by God. The reward is more than you could ask or imagine. God is gracious to fulfill all He says so listen to this sermon and align yourself to receiving His rewards.
A SURE REWARD FOR YOUR WORK
In 2 Chronicles 15:7 the Lord says, “For your work shall be rewarded.” God has given us such a wonderful promise that the work of our hands will be rewarded. This is a very clear promise not just for this month but even for the months to come.
We must understand that if there has to be a reward from the hand of the Lord, then there has to be a work from our side. This simply means that people who don’t work, will not be rewarded. We need hands and that is why the Scripture says, “Let not your hands be weak.” If you need to work, you need to use your body and mind. Don’t allow the devil to place pressure on you so that you stop working and become weak. The devil has different methods to prevent you from working and he will try all tactics on you. There is also a category of people known as lazy people but we are not talking about them. We are talking about those people who are actually active people whom satan tries to prevent from receiving their reward.
Here God is talking about the work of the Lord. The company you work for is already giving you a reward and I am not talking about that. I am specifically talking about working for the Lord. If you work more for your company and it is recognized by the management, you will be rewarded more. However, here God is talking about something else, something you do for the name of the Lord. This work is not according to your thoughts. Today a lot of people think they are working for the Lord but they are actually fulfilling their lusts. Did you know that even for the work of the Lord you can use your lusts to fulfill it? You will work and finally it will become a big mess. When we work, we must work in line with the pleasure of the Master. What He expects and has appointed us for is how we should work. For example, in a bank you will have a manager, peon, and sweeper. Each of these employees can’t interchange their jobs in the bank. They have specific roles.
Let us look into this matter more deeply. Matthew 19:27 says, “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?” Here, Peter is saying that they have let all, what reward shall they have? Look at the answer in the next verses. “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.” — Matthew 19:28-29. God is talking about rewards.
The Bible says that it is a hundredfold reward and eternal life also.
Let us look at similar verses in Mark. Mark 10:28 says, “Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.” This is just like in Matthew. And look at Jesus’ response - “And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, there is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” — Mark 10:29-30
Mark is explaining it in more detail. He says if you leave one house, you will receive houses. You will receive hundredfold brethren, mothers and sisters. Note that the verse doesn’t talk about fathers. The Bible doesn’t make mention of receiving fathers and there is no grammatical error in the Bible. There is no mention of even wives. When you leave lands also, you receive hundredfold lands. Of course, there is persecution but I want you to understand that anyone who does what God wants you to do, it is called a work of the Lord and has a hundredfold reward.
Why is God expanding us? He is doing this because although there is a sacrifice, there is a reward. You must lose something to get that hundredfold. This is a true word of God.
“But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.” — Mark 10:31. Many who are first shall be last. Those who started very early will be last but those who started late, will be first. However, your work will be rewarded. God has also very clearly told you how much you can be rewarded. The reward is a hundredfold!!
Don’t bother about material things. God makes provision for you. You are thinking that you don’t have even one house, only if you have, you can sacrifice. The truth is if you have, would you sacrifice it?
Anything you do which is considered by God as a work, has a reward from God. it is a reward not given by a bad person but by a Good God who gives the best. When God gives a reward, there is no pain attached to it. When man gives a reward, it can cause pain. If you really working for the Lord, you will certainly not be ashamed.
Let us go back to 2 Chronicles 15:7 which says, “Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.” Be strong. Let not your hands be weak. Living in this world is the best thing that can happen to you because you can keep receiving rewards from God.
Isn’t it nice to receive good from God and a surety of eternal life? God is faithful. He knows how to honour us, how to lift us up, how to take care of our children.
So take a firm decision, not to waste time this month and to do the work of the Lord.