Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.
— Hebrews 10:35
God has all kinds of ways to pay you for staying in faith and doing what He has called you to do. But one thing is for sure — Hebrews 10:35 proves that God wants you to receive a blessing for the services you have rendered in His Kingdom!
The phrase “recompense of reward” is from the Greek word misthapodosia. 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 misthpodosia, it doesn’t just refer to a payment, but to a recompense, reimbursement, settlement, or reparation.
The first part of this word is the Greek word mistha, which communicates several vital ideas to us. First, as noted above, mistha communicates the idea of being paid for present labor. When any person does a good job, he expects to pick up a paycheck for the work he accomplished. It is appropriate for him to expect payment. That paycheck reflects the effort he put into his job. Because he was faithful to do what he was hired to do, he has earned that money. Therefore, it is normal for him to expect to be paid.
But now this word is used to tell us that God rewards or pays those who are faithful to assignments He has given them. This refutes the common misconception people have that if they serve God, they will suffer loss or lack for the rest of their lives. These people think they’d do better in life by not serving God.
But why would we think God is going to do less than a human employer would do? Don’t we expect a human employer to reward employees properly? Because the verse above uses the word mistha, it emphatically asserts that God is going to take good care of those who do His will. This means that faith really does pay!
But in Hebrews 10:35, the word used isn’t just mistha; it is expanded even further into the word misthapodosia. This compound word means reimbursement for expenses you spent to do the job; a settlement to take care of injuries or losses; or reparations to cover all that vanished due to war.
God is mindful of the time, love, patience, and money you have invested as you have worked for Him. Hebrews 6:10 says God never overlooks or fails to remember what you have done for Him. If you’ve worked long hours on His behalf; if you’ve invested your personal energies into the work of His Kingdom; if you’ve given 100 percent of your heart and soul to your assigned task; or if you’ve given sacrificially of your finances — God has never forgotten any of these things. That is why Hebrews 6:10 says, “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name.…”
The word misthapodosia suggests that God will be sure to remember it all — and He will see to it that you are fully reimbursed for everything you spent to accomplish the assignment He gave to you. He will make a settlement with you for past expenses that would make anyone want to rejoice! God will make sure you get reparations for any damage you’ve experienced because of the battles you’ve fought for Him.
Because the word misthapodosia is used, Hebrews 10:35 carries the following idea:
“…God will see to it that you are paid and fully reimbursed for expenses you have spent to do His will; He will make a settlement that takes care of all injuries or losses you may have incurred; He will make sure that you get reparations to cover all that has been damaged or destroyed due to the attacks of the enemy or because of the adversarial situations you have faced.”
Hebrews 10:35 makes it clear that God is fair and equitable in His dealings. You may have given your best and worked with all your heart and might to fulfill an assignment He gave you. You may have invested your whole heart into that assignment or lost something along the way that was precious to you. If so, God will make certain that you are paid and reimbursed. God never disregards what you have done for Him.
God’s payments and reimbursements for what you have done may come to you in different forms, but you can be certain that it will be equitable for what you have invested. For instance, He may pay you by giving you:
- New victories in different areas of your life.
- Success in your business or ministry.
- A greater anointing than you’ve ever had.
- An increase of financial prosperity.
- A long-term friendship you’ll be able to count on for years to come.
According to Philippians 4:19, God has no shortage of riches in Heaven — and those riches are reserved to meet your current needs. There is no need to be beggarly in how much you expect to be blessed. Those riches are reserved for you, so raise your level of expectation! Throw open your arms! It’s time for you to receive the harvest you earned through a lot of hard work and effort!
If something has been telling your mind that it isn’t right to expect God to reward you for your faith in this life, tell that religious spirit to get away from you in Jesus’ name! Open your heart right now and expect God to pay you for services rendered in your walk of faith!
My Prayer for Today
Lord, I am thankful that You reward us when we are faithful to fulfill the assignments You’ve given us to do. I know that by serving You, I will never suffer real loss or lack because You always take good care of those who do Your will. I trust that You will see to it that I am fully reimbursed for everything I’ve spent to complete my assigned tasks. I believe that You will make a settlement for past expenses that will make me shout with joy! You’ve never overlooked what I’ve done for You in the past, and I trust that You will take care of me now as well.
I pray this in Jesus’ name!
My Confession for Today
I confess that God is mindful of the time, love, patience, and money I have invested as I’ve served Him. Hebrews 6:10 says God never overlooks or fails to remember what I have done for Him. This means I can rest assured that as I work long hours on His behalf; invest my personal energies; give 100 percent of my heart and soul to my assigned task; and give sacrificially of my finances, God will never forget any of it. He rewards those who diligently seek Him, so I’m a candidate for one of His rewards! Therefore, I will not get tired; I will not give in to discouragement; and I will keep pressing forward to do what God has called me to do, believing that He will take care of me all the way through to the end!
Questions to Answer
1. Can you recollect some of the rewards God has given you in the past for being faithful?
2. Are you diligently putting your heart and soul into what God has called you to do right now and expecting Him to reward you for your faithful labor?
3. Since God is mindful of everything you invest in your work for Him, can you think of some ways you could invest more into His Kingdom?