Warriors & Their Supporters Shall Reap The Same Reward

June 6, 2013

In 1 Sam. 30:25 we are told, “David made this a statute and ordinance for Israel from that day to this.” What is the rule being referred to here? Verse 24 tells us: “As his share is who goes down into the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage. They shall share alike.” Or as another version states it: “The portion of the one who went down into the battle will be the same as the portion of the one who remained with the equipment. Their portion will be the same.”

Though those who live by the principles of the world, including those who are selfish, arrogant, or troublemakers, likely do not see the goodness of such a rule –as the evil men in David’s army did not (v. 22)– this is the rule of those who understand righteousness, for it is Jesus’ teaching as well. (Matt. 10:40-42)

How then should “the body of Christ” (1 Cor. 12:27) apply this? We should do so by considering every body part equal. We should understand that though we have different spiritual gifts and callings and different strengths and weaknesses, we are all to rejoice (or suffer) together as one body when one body part is honored (or hurting). (v. 26) This means that though some body parts will be out evangelizing, going overseas, translating the Bible, battling for justice in the courts, shining Christ-likeness while being persecuted in prison, etc., others will be behind the scenes, battling in prayer, providing the finances, and giving words of encouragement. Every body part is needed, everyone is necessary, and everyone is to be equally valued and honored. (v. 21-25) Therefore, every person –if they have fulfilled (walked in / lived out) the specific mission God has assigned to them– will receive an equal reward, even the same reward, as those whom they supported.

One person I’m thinking of is my husband who I so cherish and am so grateful to God for. Maybe he’s not evangelizing on the streets, preaching through a blog, or going to the nursing home (though he does sometimes go with me, like yesterday), but he has supported me financially, as well as through prayer, encouragement, cheering me on when I’ve felt tired or discouraged, and even many, many times cooking for me a yummy dinner as I arrive home from the streets, weary, hungry, thirsty, stinky, and sweaty. Besides this, he does many other things which God has laid on his heart to do, sharing the Gospel in his quieter way, and being a relief and help to people through his job and numerous skills. No wonder I, as his wife, consider myself highly privileged and thank God every day for him. (I also thank God for a lovely day yesterday as we spent the whole day together –see the three photos below, taken yesterday– doing errands, visiting at the nursing home, and going out for a mid-afternoon lunch at a beautiful brand new Italian restaurant.)

So, should anyone in Christ’s body feel inferior? Should anyone feel superior? Absolutely not. For we are all brothers, and we have only one Shepherd, Teacher, and Authority. (Matt. 20:25-28 & 23:8-12) His name is Christ Jesus and He alone is the Mediator between us and God, He alone is our Leader, and He alone is the One who distributes the duties to be performed in His advancing Kingdom. May we all take comfort and joy in this, and serve the Lord continually –with earnest eagerness– in all and in every, small or big, assignment He gives us to do.

with love,

My husband with our older dog.

My handsome, Christ-like husband.

Me with our dog and cat.

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