The Many Compensations for Faithful Christian Service -- By: Herman A. Hoyt

Journal: Grace Journal
Volume: GJ 14:3 (Fall 1973)
Article: The Many Compensations for Faithful Christian Service
Author: Herman A. Hoyt

The Many Compensations for Faithful Christian Service

Herman A. Hoyt

Grace Theological Seminary

It is innate in the thinking of men that service deserves reward. To put the matter as an objective fact, “The laborer is worthy of his hire” (Luke 10:7). Therefore, the structure of society is arranged about this central idea, and so far as history reveals, it has always followed this principle. The only exception is the slave, and even here there was a measure of consideration given to the provision for his keep.

It is current in the thinking of today that reward is computed in terms of material things. Within the context of a highly developed monetary system this is generally identified as money. This medium of exchange makes it easy to shift from one sort of substantial goods to another with the least difficulty. Even the servant of God finds it more convenient to compute his services in terms of money.

It is amazing, however, to discover that compensation ranges far beyond the material rewards, and these outweigh monetary worth. There are few who give sufficient attention to these to realize that these provide the driving force for the most faithful service, and provide spontaneity and fragrance for the ministry. When I began to itemize the length and breadth of these as they relate to my own service, I began to realize how much these must mean to others.

In the course of this discussion, I want to discuss seven. And this discussion must of necessity be brief.

I. There Is the Compensation Centering in the Prerogative for Service

In a context dealing with the right use of Christian liberty, but at this point focusing on remuneration, the Apostle Paul declares, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible

crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection; lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” (1 Cor 9:23–27).

The subject of salvation is not under consideration in this passage. It is addressed to saved people. But the subject of service is the focal point. The privilege of service the Apostle Paul counts as his highest possession. And he does not want to do anything that would disqualify him so that it would be necessary to lay him on the ...

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