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The Prophet’s Reward

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The prophet’s reward is the fulfillment of the prophetic word. There are two ways to receive the prophet’s reward. The first way is to do what the prophet does: trust and obey. The second is to receive a prophet as a prophet, which means that even though you haven’t heard the word from God for yourself, you trust and obey the word of the prophet to the point that you act on it by faith.

“The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet ‘s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.” Matthew 10:41 ESV

What The Prophet’s Reward Isn’t

Today, some think that the prophet’s reward is to receive a personal prophetic word. Yet I’ve heard God very clearly for others, prophesied that word, and had a few people deliberately work hard to make sure that word didn’t come true just to prove me wrong. Make no mistake… there are always those few. But most of us want to see the good plans God has for us fulfilled in our lives (Jer. 29:11). My point is that those few people received a personal prophetic word without receiving me as a prophet at all. Receiving a personal prophetic word isn’t the prophet’s reward.

Others have taught the prophet’s reward is to receive eyes to see and ears to hear. Yet, as I’ve taught in the past, we all have a responsibility to have eyes to see and ears to hear. Besides that, seeing and hearing is a gift that we receive from God by faith—not a reward that we earn. You cannot earn a gift from God. And yet, earning something is definitely what Jesus meant when He used the word, “reward,” in Matthew 10:41. That word He used literally refers to pay for service, wages or dues paid for work, or the fruit naturally resulting from toils and endeavors.

The Righteous Man’s Reward

One way to understand the prophet’s reward is to explore the meaning of the righteous man’s reward. Simply put, God rewards righteousness. The reward or fruit of righteousness is well explained throughout the Bible (Psa. 18:20, 18:24, 34:17, 37:25, 37:29, 37:39, 55:22, 84:11; Pro. 10:3, 10:24, 11:28, 13:21, 24:16; Isa. 3:10; Mat. 6:33, 25:46).

But how do we earn the reward of righteousness? Essentially, any reward from God is given for trust and obedience. The Bible says that Abraham was considered righteous because of his faith—a faith that was proven and completed by the corresponding action of obedience (Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4:3; Gal. 3:6). He earned the rewards of righteousness by putting faith into action. He learned to trust and obey.

The Difference

The primary difference between the righteous man’s reward and the prophet’s reward is that the righteous man receives a reward according to the established word of God while the prophet receives a reward according to the present word of God. The prophet’s reward is the fulfillment of the prophesied word. As with the reward for righteousness, this reward requires effort to receive. This is where people so often miss the fulfillment of the prophesied word. It’s not a matter of making it happen; it’s a matter of cooperating with God by faith. Remember, a reward is not a gift—it is the fruit of deliberate effort.

A prophet is a divinely inspired spokesman. The reward of the prophet is the fruit of that divine inspiration, the visible outgrowth of the seed of the word. That reward is reaped by faith in action. Only God can cause the fruit to grow, but He gives us the responsibility to cultivate, care for, and reap the planting of the Lord. Fruit is both a blessing from the Lord and a reward for our labor.

Elijah the prophet received a word from God that God would provide for him through a widow in Zarephath (1Kin. 17:8). So Elijah found the widow only to discover that she didn’t even have enough provision for herself and her son. Most people in the same situation would assume that they interpreted God wrongly. It would be so easy for Elijah to assume that he should move on and find a different widow. But Elijah had faith in the word he heard from God and he acted as if he had faith in that word. He didn’t assume the word was wrong; he assumed that there needed to be action corresponding with faith to see the word fulfilled.

The Principle

The principle is this: the reward was available, but it would require work to receive it. Receiving is never just passively accepting something. It is actively aligning through acts of cooperating faith (read more about that…).

Elijah realized that if God was going to provide for him through the widow, God was going to have to provide for the widow first. So Elijah boldly prophesied to her what he heard from God for himself. Think about that for a moment. The Bible never tells us that Elijah heard from God for the widow. He heard from God for himself and he prophesied in agreement with that word by faith. The widow received Elijah as a prophet and believed his word. She did not passively accept him by title or casually hope his word would come true. She actively aligned with his word by cooperating action. She obeyed his word as he obeyed God’s word, and as a result she was rewarded just as he was rewarded. She received the prophet’s reward because she did the same thing the prophet did: trust and obey.

You can receive someone else’s reward by faith in action in agreement with the word they received. That’s incredible! When we receive Jesus as God, we receive the Father also. When the Hebrew’s received Aaron as a prophet, they received the blessing of the word of Moses, and in turn received the word of the Father. Jesus takes it a step further and says you can receive a righteous man’s reward or a prophet’s reward by receiving them for who they are.

Helping Others

The prophet’s ability to see the manifestation of prophecy is simply because he believed the word so deeply that he acted on it—even to the point that he brought others into it. I love the fact that he had to help others walk through to the fruit of the word he prophesied to them before he received the reward himself. He couldn’t prophesy provision to the widow and walk away hoping she would learn to cooperate with God. He had to walk her through to the fulfillment of the word. That’s a sign of maturity in prophetic ministry. Once you learn to walk it out for yourself, God will put you in the position to help others walk it out too. In fact, it’s a core part of the prophet’s job in the New Covenant (Eph. 4:11-14).

But here’s the most interesting part. He had to walk her through to fulfillment on a word that he prophesied before he could see the fulfillment of the same word in his own life. As God leads us into maturity, He allows us to end up in situations where we are required to think of others before ourselves.

The Bottom Line

A prophet should assume that God will reward others with the same fulfillment that they are to receive, and therefore have the power to prophesy it to others (1Sam. 3:19). You can give what you are receiving. The bottom line to seeing the fulfillment of the prophetic word is that we must learn to trust and obey.

Jeremy Caris

Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for eighteen years, and is the proud father of two boys.

29 Responses to "The Prophet’s Reward"
  1. Jeremy – The patience with others that you demonstrate with your replies is nearly more than I can comprehend. Without getting churchy, how do you keep from burning out?

    • A decent response to that question would be an entire book in itself! But if I summarized it in one phrase, I guess, I’ve learned to reject churchy pressure and false obligations. That is a huge part of it.

  2. Am I understanding it correctly, when I take the words, He that receiveth a Prophet, it isn’t saying I’m to take or believe the words of the prophet, though if he is a prophet and he hears from God, they (the words) will come to pass whether I believe his words or not. Jesus is a prophet, he is prophesying he will come again, his coming again whether I believe the words or not. Back to receiving him, I interpret this as accepting him, having a attitude of accepting him. One of love and acceptance. In Luke 4 Jesus gave his first sermon, and they at first received him and his gracious words, then someone from the audience said…..Oh is this not Joseph’s son ? Jesus went from deity to being a normal person. Saying Joseph’s son, was obviously taking away the miraculous virgin birth. Jesus knowing the disrespect, now shown him, which equalls not receiving him….Caused him to put them in their place, by the next two stories he gave, thus upsetting them even more so they wanted to throw him off a clif….I’d say that’s not receiving him….it is this attitude, that will shut down future miracles, the opposite is also true, receive the prophet, and the prophetic gift is release in a greater way, because rejecting the prophet, will at the same time shut down, the gifts,,,because it says grieve not the Spirit. And when you treat a prophet that way…God won’t cause the prophetic to flow as much….Many churches would be blessed more if they treated the pastors with more respect…honoring them….that’s why later Jesus said he could not to many nights works in certain places, because of hem not receiving him welcoming him showing warmth and love,

    • The question addressed in this post is not what it means to receive a prophet so much as, “What is the prophet’s reward?” The prophetic gift is a gift, not a reward.

    • true, the prophetic gift is a gift not a reward….but if you don’t receive the prophet, then you won’t receive the gift. Because as Jesus told his disciples if they don’t receive you, leave…I’m not trying to argue your point, please forgive if it seemed that way. But it seems to me you can’t remove this truth in the. Full equation. There are your censationist, who won’t give a time a day for the gifts of the Spirit, they miss out.

    • Correct… the whole point of the article (which is “What is the prophet’s reward) rests on that very condition. If you don’t receive them, you don’t receive anything through them. But, that being understood… if you do receive them, what is the reward? I glad you agree with the point you are highlighting, which is a foundational point from the opening paragraph: “There are two ways to receive the prophet’s reward. The first way is to do what the prophet does: trust and obey. The second is to receive a prophet as a prophet…”

      Blessings!

  3. this article is so good helps me make a lot more sense out of listening and applying prophesy thank you so much :) bless you loads

  4. Great Revelator Encouraging
    word. I need to mature and not walk away when people don’t recognize me or the word He is speaking.

  5. Great teaching Jeremy! …I love how you deal with some confused individuals in your comments.. :-) (leave no wiggle room!)

  6. I was looking for an answer to what a prophets reward ment,because I have always believed in giving when I heard a prophets instruction.
    I would check to see if what he was saying was scriptural. Resently doubt had come over me. Thank you for this easy to understand arrival. I have no doubt anymore. Giving has not been in vain.Thank you.?

  7. I have had many people in ministry proclaim if the word a Prophet gives to you comes to past, you must reward them with a tangible gift like money. I totally disagree. You can give of course but they insist that people are sinning if they do not specifically give to them. How can I intelligently explain through scripture tat that is greed and carnality? I did remind them of what happened to Gehazi went he sought a reward after Elijah refused it. Thanks for your excellent article. I will definitely share this!

  8. All of G_D’s gifts have a reward, not all rewards are the same. Are all prophets? Are all teachers? If you receive a prophet in the name of a prophet, you will receive a prophets reward! You will in turn be used by G_D as a prophet and at the end receive a prophets reward! Why so much confusion?

    • If I understand you correctly, you believe that if you receive a prophet in the name of a prophet, then God will use you as a prophet? Unfortunately, that’s neither biblical accurate or experientially true. Respectfully, that’s the most completely unique misunderstanding of the passage that I’ve ever heard.

    • First of all, I want to make it clear that you don’t miss the principle being brought into focus. You can receive of who someone is, what they carry, and what they have access to, and what they have earned based on how you receive them. But, to answer your question specifically, here are the first two passages that come to mind. The first passage in Colossians presupposes that a believer has already received Jesus as God, as He is.

      Colossians 2:6-10 (ESV Strong’s) Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord (see Strong’s Concordance entry below), so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

      g2962. κύριος kyrios; from κῦρος kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, i.e. (as noun) controller; by implication, Master (as a respectful title): — God, Lord, master, Sir.

      The second passage is John chapter one. I will skip sections of it just to better highlight the points pertaining to your question.

      John 1:1-18 (ESV Strong’s) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men… 9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. … 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (this speaks to the principle I am illustrating in the article) … 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

      If you prefer, the KJV says, “1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” So Jesus, the Word, was with God (at the Father’s side, vs. 18), and yet He was also God. And, “18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” So Jesus is God, and therefore you must receive Him as God to come to God. But verse 12 clearly illustrates my main focus in the sentence you refer to in your question: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” That is to say that those who receive Him as God become children of God—they receive the Father also. And also, from His fullness we have all received. Salvation itself is to receive by grace and faith what only Christ has been able to earn as a reward.

  9. As a prophetess this makes things clearer. My husband has received me as a prophetess and many miraculous rewards have taken place. I’d share with him what God would tell me, and he’d prepare, “in faith” for it to come to pass.

  10. For me its the more that i use the gift in obedience, the more the Lord uses it, or even gives me more detailed visions, speaks to me directly, or in His word. I have no real idea if there is a reward per say for this ability, but i am held to a much higher account than most. The more that i am obedient to what i have been shown, the more lives that are changed by what i see, the more difficult life and uncertain life becomes for me and my household, but He has shown me that was going to happen as well, i hope that makes sense.

  11. It is true. The prophets reward is to see the fullfilment of the prophetic word. And to help others to walk through their prophetic word.
    Thank you for this article.

  12. Jeremy, agree with lot s of what you say. The idea the prophet helps others..and that’s how they see their own word come to past.. Very nice observation..however, to be a prophet, one has to have the audacity of STATE GOd’s inspired revelation…In my case, I offer a revelation (One that 100% sure it did not come from me)… it is TRUE, bcc I SEE how it freaks other ppl out..and what do I reap? 9 out of 10, rejection. And the rejection is not caused by me giving a false Word, rather the opposite….lovely….so where is “my” reward? (If any?) rejection?

    • I believe you’ve misunderstood what I’ve said. The way a prophet sees the word of God toward them come to pass is that they trust and obey the word. The idea of helping others is simply a side thought that once you’ve learned to walk the word out to fulfillment for yourself in your own life, then you are in position to help others learn to walk the word out to fulfillment in their life.

      The main point is that the fulfillment of the word is the reward, and that reward comes as a result of trusting and obeying the word to the point that you act in agreement or in cooperation with what God reveals to you. That’s how the prophet receives the reward of fulfillment.

      The reward isn’t in the response of others, it’s the fulfillment of what God reveals to you and gives you to steward. The response of others has nothing to do with the reward.

      Also, people freaking out or rejecting what we prophesy to them is not a sign of your accuracy at all. We must learn to walk above the rejection we’ve experienced and not prophesy with an expectation of rejection. Then we’ll be able to deliver prophesy in a way that others can receive what they may not even understand.

    • God gives is insight & forsight revelation of his word is obidence…Walk in the word of truth…Then I won’t have to worry about any lies….Your foundation should always be truth

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