Sunday 9/22/13 Pastor Michael sermon The Final Payday-Divine Compensation of the Faithful Revelation 19:1-11
For many people, the most happy time of the month is payday! People can be depressed all week long but on their payday, they get excited! We can put up with almost anything on payday. People hate their jobs but love payday. Payday is for people who have put time in for a honest day’s work. People who just show up for payday and don’t work, don’t get paid. The bible says if man does not work, he does not eat. It’s not complicated. People who don’t have a job right now, should go to work at McDonalds.
Payday is an interesting time of the month because it reflects what we have done. Some get excited and some don’t. Those who have only worked only 4 days of the week don’t get paid much and are not that excited. Also, can I say that you don’t quit a job until you have a new job. You want to keep that little job until you get the job you love to do. It is a wonderful thing to go to work and love to do it. You will never “work” another day in you live because it doesn’t seem like work to you. Unfortunately, many people commit suicide on Monday because they are going to a job that they hate. It is a blessing to have a “piece of a job”. Be thankful for what God is doing for you.
The 19th chapter of the book of Revelation is about the compensation to the saints. God, the divine CEO, is calling us to his office and giving us our rewards. He rewards us for our faithfulness to God! There is a celebration because the great whore –the world’s system is destroyed. These are the ones who did not come to God thru Jesus Christ. We should be glad that we, the saints, make it to the celebration because it is God that helped us. The saints said Hallelujah four times in the 19th chapter as they were preparing to get paid. People get excited when they have put in their work for the Lord and are getting their compensation! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! There is going to be a party of the saints. A Holy Ghost Party is the best kind of party because a Holy Ghost Party won’t stop! Praise the Lord. To God Be the Glory!
The people who qualify are the faithful who fear God. Rev 19:5 We give praise to our God, all who are his servants. The servant is a bond servant, a slave. A slave has no rights, no opinions, nothing. Those who are preparing to be compensated, paid by God, have lived a life that has been totally surrendered to God. It is not about them but it is all about God. They do what He says to do! The bible calls us ‘bond servants”. The level of our compensation will be equal to our service. It is like a teenager who wants clothes, a cellphone, a TV in their room, Nikes, but they don’t want to do anything for it. No chores in the house. They act like they don’t know that all their stuff is paid for by their parents. The teenager wants something for nothing! God shouldn’t have to beg us to do stuff for him! When the church needs volunteers, we are too busy or we say it is not our calling when the church needs people to help.
Revelation 19:7 The Marriage of the Lamb has come. In historic Palestine times, the groom brought a dowry to the parents for the bride. Then for a year, the groom prepared and built a house for her to live in. Ladies, wouldn’t you like to have a man like this! Well, while the groom was gone, the bride prepared herself. The bride is the church which got prepared for the groom. She was covered by white linen-pure and clean. White linen means purified with no stains, in white with no sex- a virgin. Some of you know that you have been to weddings that had a bride dressed in white that had five kids! In Revelation, the bride is preparing herself, being purified by her service to God and being obedient to God. She is qualified by her obedience to God AND her service to God. The bible says we are saved by Grace thru Faith and we are His workmen! We were created to serve! If God has been good to you, you don’t need to wait for him to beg you to serve him. We should just do it!
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb is to see who gets what reward on the New Earth. All of us will be assigned to rule somewhere and to reign over some place. This is based on who served God and how much they served Him. Our compensation is based on how much we do for God. We need to improve our service to God and be divinely compensated more and more.