SOWING AND REAPING: A CASE FOR HONORING SERVANTS OF GOD
My case for honoring those who are called after the order of Christ as leaders, separated by the anointing of the Holy Ghost unto building the body of Christ must start with the curious case of the now seen, mostly irrelevant, traditional/orthodox churches at least regarding spiritual impact. I have come to realize that the quickest way for a church or anybody else for that matter to throw away any semblance of spirituality and turn to activity and religious practices that are void of the life changing force is to kick out reverence for the anointed one in their midst.
And I say this with utmost surety and dread at the same time because this is the one way the deceiver of the brethren has turned churches into a laughing stock while the unsuspecting followers believe they are equal to their leader or even can do what their leader is doing. They quickly forget that they are in an invisible kingdom and are deceived to presume that they can choose the man or woman they want as their pastor, teacher, apostle prophet or evangelist.
These churches or worship houses now find themselves void of power, relevance and impact in the sense of the true purpose of the church. They have been drawn into emotionalism and now you find sheep leading someone who looks like a shepherd.
After that, they will tell the shepherd what to preach and if they don't like it, they change the shepherd and install the one they like. Some sheep go ahead to even hold the shepherd hostage by their offerings and tithes. If you preach what they like, they will give big offerings and show you they approve of your teaching.
If you don't preach what they like, well you can forget it, they will look around for someone who they feel is paying attention to them and will anoint him themselves and install him to, first a pulpit in their fantasy and then to the podium. What they both don't realize at this point is, they have started a downward spiral of irrelevance and zero spiritual impact as the traditional churches faced. They soon take on the antagonistic character of Saul against David where they find themselves lambasting those that stayed in the will of God.
I have seen many other people who run away from their God instructed places of worship to start a "church" of their own because they finally accumulated enough followers around them who no longer "feel" their leader. So these charlatans confuse these emotional followers and seem like they can do a better job ignoring the caller himself (Jesus) and the cycle goes on. Always remember, when God calls you, you are not the only one who will hear it. Believe me he will send you a donkey to speak to you if necessary which normally he doesn't but he will use other leaders of renown.
I for example always knew I was called from the age of 3 years. The call continued in my heart waiting for the time I accepted it but by then I wanted God to send someone already in the call, someone I trust who won't tell me what I want to hear but tell me the true council of God concerning the matter. Coming to terms with the Kingdom of God and its operations is the sure way for the church to not only survive in these times but also to thrive. Every soul in the church as a whole or in your local assembly has got to settle this fact, that the ways of God are not the ways of man.
(Isaiah 55:8 KJV) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Now let us see how sowing into the anointing in your midst works according to God.
First of all it is not true that you can choose what you do with your tithe and offerings. I have met very sincere brothers who have thought so. And according to them, "if I can bring half the tithe and then help someone else with the other half, what is the harm/fuss?” There is no harm or fuss about it only that it's not your call to make. Try it with man and see which man can let you use their money for whatever you want. Whether your cause is noble or not, it simply isn't your call to make. Those tithes and offerings do not belong to you. It's like choosing what to do with another man's money. It simply isn't yours, and if you do, you are a robber.
(Malachi 3:8 KJV) Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
The principal of tithe is first expressed in the book of Genesis. We see a man called Melchizedek who appears and blesses Abram and calls Abram possessor of heaven and Earth and he gives Melchizedek a tithe of all his loot.
(Genesis 14:18-20) 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. 19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: 20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
This principal goes on to the New Testament (sorry for the stingy ones who are ready to jump on "that is in the old testament" argument)
Hebrews 7:5-8 5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: 6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. Note 7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better. 8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
The gist of the subject is right there in verse 8. The bible teaches here that there are mortal men (servants of God anointed in your local assembly) that receive tithes in this physical world but in the spirit, the Lord receives them and this is to testify that (He) Jesus lives. Friends, if this does not show you the spiritual nature of the church and how the Kingdom of God operates, I don't know what will. Do you now see how, if a man that is not recognized by the Lord as sent is a robber if he dare handles tithes and offerings? Can you imagine that your testimony or proof that you are saved and Jesus lives, is partly paying tithes and offerings?
Romans 10:9 KJV That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved?
Yet we have just seen in Hebrew 7:8 KJV And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
Meaning that as you give your tithes and offerings to the anointed man or woman in your midst, you are testifying that Jesus is alive and actually lifting up the fact that you are redeemed from this present world.
Glooooooory, I just want to take off rejoicing for he that called us is alive friends, we don't serve a dead God, he is alive and soon we shall see him with our very eyes and behold the one that called us to glory and virtue. Praise ye the Lord.
Well let's get a hold of ourselves for a moment. How about regular giving and sowing into the life of the man or woman of God?
1 Corinthians 9:11 KJV If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
It's really simple. Giving your treasures or precious things is the least you can do as a sign of reverence, there is no amount of physical substance enough to buy what has been sown into your life. Spiritually sowing to get something/reaping is awesome, but sowing or giving for appreciation is something else. It's funny when you see this woman in;
(Mark 14:3 KJV) And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
When you read ahead you find the famous quote "the poor you always have". Jesus saw the bitterness everyone had around him over this woman who gave her entire work’s purchase not to reap or harvest something, But just because she loved him. This woman, who was a prostitute by the way, touched the master’s heart that he commanded his followers to talk about her forever. (As you can see, I am doing so)
Anyways, just seeing how she blessed him and what it must have meant to him. Glooooooory, what a precious saviour we have. Reminds me of a scripture that says, we are not with a high priest that has not been touched by the feelings of our infirmity.(Hebrews 4:15) Praise God we can feel his heart in every word he said. Sorry, that diverted me a bit.
There is another curious case of the Shunamite woman. This woman had no financial problems by the time she ministered to the man of God Elisha. But through her ministration to him, Elisha gave her a gift of a child and she never lost it.
2 Kings 4:8-11 8 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. note 9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. 10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. 11 And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.
And the story continues, I could show you scripture after scripture but time would fail me, and obviously am spent for writing this long blog. However, your giving ultimately creates a sense of reverence for God and it is that reverence for God that keeps the supernatural in your midst.
Anyways I am aware that there are people who will never come to terms that it's good and righteous for the servants of God to prosper, but it's up to those that believe in that cause to ensure that it is upheld.
Psalms 35:27 KJV Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
Enjoy this meal
See you soon.