“He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”
The Bible contains hundreds of promises from God to those who walk according to His ways. Many of God’s promises are conditional upon our actions. But if we do our part, God is faithful to fulfill His. Many times we complain that we did not receive what God has promised in His Word. But the first question we must ask ourselves is: Are we doing our part? One of the promises of Matthew 10:40-42 is that we shall receive a prophet’s reward, but, do we have received the prophet as such?
In 1 Kings 17: 8-24, the Bible tells a story that is the faithful fulfillment of the words of our Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 10:40-42. The story of 1 Kings refers to the prophet Elijah and the widow of Zarephath. At that time, the land of Israel and surrounding area suffered a drought and there was not plenty to eat. The prophet Elijah was received as such by a poor widow, who was in turn prophet’s reward in the form of miracles. Oil and flour never became scarce in the house of the widow and her son was raised from death.
When we do not fulfill our part of the promise, we will lose the reward. I know the case of a man who opened his home to a great servant of God who was very ill. The man spoke to his wife to keep him at home while the servant of God received medical care from a specialist whose office was near his home. The wife was not happy with the decision and, although in front of the servant of God she pretended to show that all was well, when she was alone with her husband she required to put him out of the house.
The man never said anything to his friend servant of God upon the complaints of his wife. As the man was unemployed, he accompanied his friend to consultations and he took care to serve him. The wife was more focused on producing more at work than serving. The Spirit brings everything to light and when the servant of God departed from this home he told to the man: “The Lord brought me to you home as a prophet of God and your wife was tested. I regret to say that she failed the test of the Lord.”
Things got worse at home and marriage had problems. At first they started sleeping in separate rooms. Things were going very bad in the wife’s work and money was scarce. She threw the fault to her husband and one day she asked him to leave the house because she needed space to rent and bring more money to home. The man was in the street without knowing where to go; but God gave him prophet’s reward being received as such in another home.
This story is very real and, although I don’t know its continuation, I’m sure God is totally faithful to His word. Those who received this man, who is also a servant of God, they will receive a prophet’s reward, the same as him. God bless you.