Hebrews 5:1-4:For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. 3 Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. 4 And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was. NKJV
It is a common knowledge that God assigns men who he has prepared and ordained to mentor and speak over our lives. They have the responsibility of guiding us into the fullness of Gods purpose for our lives and as it were our prosperity and blessings are linked to a discovery of our Man of God. After this discovery, we equally have responsibilities to the Man of God in order to fully appropriate the benefits God intends for this kind of relationship. It is my joy to share with you some of these responsibilities and benefits based on my personal experience.
To receive means to willingly accept what is offered. What you receive you possess. Once you discover who your man of God is, you need to wholeheartedly receive him by acknowledging and approving his authority over your life as your man of God. In Mark 6: 1-6 Jesus could do no mighty works among his own people in Nazareth because he was received not as a prophet sent to them but as a carpenter and this can only qualify them for a carpenters reward. Likewise we undercut ourselves of the blessings of God when we fail to receive our Man of God as one sent by God to raise and not to raze us. How we receive him will determine the virtue we draw from him. The benefit we derive from what we have is in direct proportion to the value we place on it. Receiving starts with first believing in him as a prophet sent by God to you and willingly submitting yourself to his authority..
HONOUR HIM: This mean having great respect and admiration for the Prophet God has appointed over your life. Honour is a product of your perception of who the prophet is to you. This could also mean not getting too familiar with him in such a way that you begin to take for granted your relationship with him. If you honour him, you will respect him and if you respect him, you will receive under his ministry. Remember the story of the Shunamite woman in the book of 2 Kings 4, she perceived Elijah to be a man of God and she showed him honour by taking care of him and receiving him into her house, and what happened to her, She provoked the grace of God upon the life of the Prophet and God showed up in her situation.
Honoring your man of God could also mean blessing him with material substance to appreciate the grace of God upon him. From the above scripture, doing this has a reward. See also the story of Saul when he was to meet Samuel in the book of 1 Samuel 9:7. Saul was reluctant to meet the Prophet without a gift. Note that the prophet did not demand a gift but as a show of honour and recognition, Saul blessed Samuel with Shekels of Silver and what happened he received a prophet’s reward and from that day became another man. When you sow upward, you are bound to reap upward. The bibles says in 1 Timothy 5:17 that they that labor in the word for you are worthy of double honor. We must therefore be very conscious of this. Honoring your Man of God is however not limited to blessing him with your substance. Respect him both when he is present or absent, don’t speak against him or challenge his authority even when you feel he is off track. Remember no man take this honor to himself but he who is called of God. Obey and serve him just like Elisha did to Elijah. If you give double honor you will get double portion.
LISTEN TO HIM AND FOLLOW HIS INSTRUCTIONS: 1 Timothy 4:12
Proverbs13:1 says “a wise son listens to his father’s instruction: but a scorner will not” God will often use our man of God to pass instructions to us which is for our own benefit. Remember he is appointed by God and once we have accepted this fact, every instruction that he gives become vital to the fulfillment of Gods purpose for our lives. If you read through the first and second books of Timothy, you will notice how God used Paul the apostle to pass several instructions to Timothy. He specifically told him at one instance that if you listen and follow my instructions, you will do yourself and your hearers a great deal.
Friends, indeed we have many teachers but one father. Since it’s our choice to tabernacle under this vision, then to maximize the full benefit of our service, we need to ensure that the vessel of God is treated with double honor. This will guarantee an effective delivery of every reward that God Has prepared for us. Shalom
For further study
2 Chronicles. 20:20, 1 Timothy 4:12, Matthew 10:41, Matthew 6:1-6
Declaration for Today
I believe in the prophet that God has appointed for me and I will prosper
Questions for you to reflect
Have you discovered your Man of God?
Do you believe that God sent him to you?
Do you follow his instructions as if it’s from God?