“Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” Matthew 10:40-42
When a person is running the rat race of survival, they are in competition with the ones that are ahead of them. The survival racers alway keep track of those who are ahead of them and they always know who is behind them, especially those who are close behind them. Understanding the pecking order of the world is important if one is a survivalist. The survivalist longs to be on top of the food chain. Jealously is fuel to the survivalist. Jealously gives the motivation to keep competing. Jealously is the consolation prize for the first and second runner up. Jealously is the salt in the wounds of the defeated. Jealously is the longing for someone else’s experience.
Jesus comes along pointing to the way of the Crazy Kingdom. In the Crazy Kingdom experience is not hoarded, experiences are multiplied. In the Crazy Kingdom if one person experiences something, their experiencing it is the key to someone else experiencing that same reality. The survivalist says, “I am going to push them out of their spot, their experience, because it is only when they are displaced that I can experience what they are experiencing.” Experiences are limited.
But in the Crazy Kingdom nothing is limited. One person’s success is the key to another’s success. One person’s experience is the path to someone else experiencing that same reality. Jealously is the counterfeit of honor. Jesus taught us about how honor works in the Kingdom. Jesus said, we had to “welcome a prophet as a prophet…” Why must we honor a prophet as a prophet? If they’re a prophet, then they’re a prophet, what difference does it make about our attitude toward them? The issue is if you want to experience what the prophet experiences, then you must honor him for what he is. You see, the prophet’s reward is revelation. If you want revelation from God or from the prophet, then you must honor the prophet. If you want to share in his experience, then you must honor the person that caries that experience. When you honor the man, then you are honoring the price he paid to get to where he is. Honoring the path puts you on the same path. Honoring the person positions you to receive from them…to learn from them…to receive impartation from them…to acknowledge the work of the Holy Spirit within that person.
Jealousy is honor in reverse. When one is jealous they desire the experience of another, but the nature of jealously prevents them from sharing in the experience they desire. Honer is the kingdom path to shared experiences.
When Jesus’ hometown folks did not honor him, then they could no longer experience his miracles. Miracles don’t flow up to the proud, they flow down to the humble.
This principle that Jesus taught extends beyond the realm of the prophetic. Jesus qualified that he was teaching a heavenly principle by giving different applications to the same principle. If you welcome a righteous man, then you get the righteous man’s reward. What is the righteous man’s reward? Righteousness!
If you want to experience what another is experiencing, then don’t be jealous of them-honor them. When you honor them, then you share in their experience and you receive from their gift. The path to their experience is a process. To receive from their reward is immediate. When you honor them their path is highlighted for you. You can follow in their footsteps.
This is not only the key to receive from those above us; it is the key to receive from those under us. The people that follow our lead have gifts, abilities and talents. It’s only as we acknowledge and honor the gifts they bring to the table that we can receive the full benefit of what they bring to the table.
You must receive a mentor as a mentor to receive a mentor’s reward (training). You must receive a pastor as a pastor to receive a pastor’s reward (care). You must receive a life coach as a life coach to receive a life coach’s reward (perspective and solutions). You must receive an administrative person as an administrative person to receive organization and order in your life. The principle holds true no matter if one moves the principle up or down the ladder.
Most of the time honor is going to be more than simple respect. Honor will require you to give yourself to the person by some means or another. You must pay a personal trainer, life coach or nutritionist if you are going to receive their reward. Honor may mean you travel to a conference this person is teaching. Honor may require you to purchase a book they are selling or downloads from their website. It may require you to tithe or to sow into their ministry. It many require you to purchase their lunch or dinner. Honor demands giving by one means or another. Even if you do something small like a cup of cold water, this will influence what reward you are going to reap from their life. Jesus said even little acts of honor will bring the reward from their life into yours. Remember, in the Crazy Kingdom if you want to experience it, then you must honor it.
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