Seeking a Better Reward

Michael Beck

“Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.” (Proverbs 28:6)

A spirit of covetousness has no place in the ministry of the Lord. Never are God’s servants to ask the question: “What’s in this for me?” Balaam, Gehazi, Judas, and Simon Magus all disqualified themselves through covetousness.

God told Moses:

“Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, HATING COVETOUSNESS; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.” (Deut. 18:21)

We are not to seek a reward of men. We serve the Lord Christ and from Him we are to look for our reward. (Col. 3:24) We are not “in this” for any other reason than to please Him who has called us to be His soldier (2 Tim. 2:4) To be in the ministry to gain men’s praises or riches is an abomination before God. Though a man fleeces the flock and lives luxuriously for awhile, a day of leprosy and destruction is coming.

We are not to envy the prosperity of the wicked. Don’t envy “fat” wicked rulers in the house of God. Gain is not godliness. Walk in integrity. Your reward from men in this day may be small, but a greater reward is amassing in heaven.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.