The Rewarder

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Often, the best words on the page are the ones only used once. Explicitly crafted by the author to surprise the reader with insight, a single well-chosen word can open a glorious portal for inspiration. How much more thought-provoking is a word unique to an entire book?

I recently stumbled across one such word in the epistle to the Hebrews. Used nowhere else in the Bible, this unique compound is synthesized from two different Greek words to make a singular point. Although unpronounceable without the aid of a Greek scholar, the meaning of “misthapodotēs” begs excavationAfter all, it describes a quality of our Faithful God: “He is a Rewarder (misthapodotēs)” (Hebrews 11:6).

The writer of Hebrews must have grappled with how to explain God’s remunerating quality best. Using the creativity of the heavenlies, this author used a rare term by fusing the words misthoō (“to hire”) and apodidōmi (“to pay what is due”). This wordsmith wanted us to know that our God enlists and pays fairly

Before we go down the rabbit trail of works, let’s remember that there is only one actual spiritual employment that we can do for God. Jesus describes it plainly. “This is the work of God,” He says, “that you believe” (John 6:29). In the Kingdom HR department, all job openings are faith-based.

As a business owner’s wife, I’ve learned about the hiring process. My husband vets heavily during the initial procedure. He often weighs prospective employees’ motivation, commitment, and gravitation towards responsibility, even above their particular competence. “Skill can be learned,” Mark says, “but character cannot.”  

Isn’t it evident that the God Who calls is also the One Who vets our spiritual process? No matter the faith-based action He calls us to take, He assures us that, through His power, we can follow through. 

In these dark days of governmental overreach and media deception, God is calling His people to a greater depth of faith. Desiring that we see from His perspective, He urges us to know peace in His Lordship and truth through His Word. Often, we hear His call and yet don’t act for fear of failure. Remember that “faithful is He Who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass” (1 Thessalonians 5:24). God has already vetted your ability. You do not need to do so. 

As our Rewarder, God also compensates us by providing our necessary resources and encouraging our faith (Romans 15:5). Because God is spirit (John 4:24), sometimes our remuneration looks different than what we expect. We must train our eyes “not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen” (2 Corinthians 4:18). He promises that He will repay, and we may hold Him to that promise (Matthew 6:4). Ultimately, experiencing His Spirit is our reward (Genesis 15:1; Luke 11:13). 

But without faith, it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must (necessarily) believe that God exists and that He is the Rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him (out)” (Hebrews 11:6 Amplified). 

“Thank You, Father, for apportioning out a measure of faith to me (Romans 12:3). Grant me even more faith as I take up the new challenge You lay before me (Luke 17:5). You’ve already appraised my suitability for the task and provided me with what I need to go forward. Now equip me to do Your will, working in me that which is pleasing in Your sight (Hebrews 13:21). In Jesus’s Name, Amen.”