“And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow labourers, whose names are in the book of life.” – Philippians 4:3
Jesus tells us that the least in the kingdoms of this world will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Perhaps of all the offices laid out in scripture, the one we might consider “the least” is the Office of the Ministry of Helps.
“Yet I believe that God sees it as one of the greatest. “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” – 1 Corinthians 12:28
The Prophet may be the mouth piece of God, the evangelist His feet, the pastor His heart, and the teacher His mind, but the ministry of helps are His hands and without the hands the mouth, feet, heart, and mind can get little to nothing accomplished. For this cause, great are the rewards in heaven for those willing to faithfully and humbly answer this unsung calling.
However their rewards are not only in the life to come. Very often they are seen in a very real way here. We see this exemplified in the widow woman that God called to help the prophet Elijah. God had a plan that had been set in motion for generations and He had called Elijah to walk part of that plan into reality, yet in order for that to happen, he needed help. Therefor, God called the widow to help. How do we know that this was her God ordained calling? Because God told Elijah that she was meant to help him before she even knew herself that she would. In her mind she was just a starving widow, but in God’s mind she was an integral part of God’s story and plan. She was invaluable to it all because the whole of the story could not have been without her part in it.
She was faithful to help the prophet, she was faithful to feed the prophet, and she was faithful to bring the prophet comfort. Therefore, God was faithful to feed her by miraculously multiplying the food in her storage jars through the time of drought. He was faithful to help her in all her times of need, and He was faithful to bring her comfort when her son died by bringing him back to life.
When I look back over my families 50 years of ministry, it’s those faithful servants, those unwavering hands of help that stand out to me the most. Many came and went seeking stages, titles, and positions; few of whom’s names are even remembered. However, those who did the greatest and most lasting work in the hearts of the generations that followed them had no title, just humble faithfulness, yet their names and faces are forever engraved on my heart. Always willing to help, to serve, to be an example of humility, faithfulness, steadfastness, and always willing to help advance the will of God in whatever big or little way they could. Hardly seen in their own lives and mind, yet rejoiced over in eternity. These are they that will be the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven in my opinion.
“And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.” – Mark 10:44
You see, God rewards those who serve Him with specific crowns for specific works of obedience. The Prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. The pastor will receive a pastor’s reward. The teacher will receive a teacher’s reward. The evangelist will receive an evangelist’s reward. The apostle will receive an apostles reward. But the one that helped the apostle, the prophet, the pastor, the evangelist, and the teacher, will receive the rewards of all. Therefore, he who is least among men will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, and he that is a servant of all will be the greatest of all. Choose to serve.
“He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” – Matthew 10:40-42