Don’t Settle for Silver, But Be An Utmost Servant of God


The extent of the glory of your crown in the Kingdom of God will depend on whether your work for the Lord now is being built with gold, silver, or precious stones.


One language usage in the Bible that keeps recurring in reference to the character and actions of people are the three states of an adjective – positive, comparative, superlative. The words most used to denote one of these states are: more, most; good, better, best; mighty, mightier; great, greater, greatest; holy, holier, holiest; less, lesser, least; pure, purer, purest.

A few other forms are also used to show the relative degree of an attribute or state, such as ‘well’ (‘well-pleased’), ‘very’ (‘very good’); ‘much’ (‘much afraid’), ‘greatly’ (‘greatly beloved’), etc.

When these words are used in reference to a man or woman, they show to what extent this person is esteemed, either in the eyes of the people, or of God. Here are a few passages that show that:

for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons   Ruth 4:15

Ruth is not just as good as seven sons in the estimate of Naomi’s friends; she is better than all of them put together.

And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!”   Dan 10:19

Daniel is not merely a man beloved of God, he is someone greatly beloved in his Lord’s eyes.

Now, if you are a Christian who desires to serve God to the best of your capability – to your utmost for his highest glory – there are two teachings of Jesus Christ that should constantly inspire and guide all your thoughts and efforts.

In the first teaching, Jesus describes two categories of people who will be in his Kingdom. One category are those who taught others that they are not under the law but under grace and therefore there is no more requirement for them to keep the minor statutes and precepts given to Israel through Moses. Jesus said that this category of servants will be called ‘the least’ in the Kingdom of God.

Do not think that I came to do away with or undo the Law [of Moses] or the [writings of the] Prophets; I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For I assure you and most solemnly say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke [of the pen] will pass from the Law until all things [which it foreshadows] are accomplished. So whoever breaks one of the least [important] of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least [important] in the kingdom of heaven   Mt 5:18-19 AMP

But there is another category of people who will be called ‘great’ in the Kingdom.

but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.   Mt 5:19

In the second teaching, Jesus says the Kingdom of God is like a nobleman traveling to a far country Lk 19, My 25. Before he goes, he delivers a mina each (worth about three months’ salary) to his ten servants. On his return, he rewards each servant according to how well he used the money. The one who made the most profitable use of the mina is made ruler over ten cities, and the one who earned half as much is made ruler over five cities.

We are now not concerned about the one who did not earn anything. This message is for servants of God doing their Lord’s work faithfully on earth – some doing their ten minas’ worth of work, and the others half as much.

Here’s another analogy of how a Christian servant’s work will be evaluated by God:

The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor…I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care…If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 1 Cor 3:8-14  NIV

Again, let us not concern ourselves in this message about the builders who used combustible material such as wood or straw to build their ministry. Let us focus on those three categories of servants whose work survived the fire.

There are Christians today who, in the sight of God are doing their work with gold, some have work that is ‘silver’ in God’s sight, and the work of some others he looks upon as precious stones.

Now the most crucial question every servant of Christ should often ponder in his service to God is, ‘Am I going to be called ‘the least’, or ‘great’ by Jesus? Am I building the work of God with the best material or the second-best material?

Can we really know in which category of faithful servants we are likely to be classified according to our present works? I think we can. At the end of his life, Paul was confident he had done his very best, and that henceforth he could look forward to receiving the crown from his Lord.

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.   2 Tm 4:6-8

Based on Christ’s own words, we can be confident we will be called ‘great’ when he comes if we love and keep and teach God’s every little and great commandment in the entirety of his Word.

We know we can not only be in the category of servants who will be called great in the Kingdom, but we can also be counted among Gods’ people who will be called ‘the greatest’ if we will humble ourselves as a little child before God.

Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.   Mt 18:3-4

We can be confident we are building the Lord’s work with the best material, with gold, if we stop trying to build it ourselves and wait on the Lord in faith to provide us the gold in his own time. Any ministry that did not wait fully for the Lord’s direction and timing can be built only with lesser materials. How many great ministries have I seen which, when the fire of testing came, burnt to cinders! One of them badly burnt me personally as well.

Coronation of H.M. George VI and Queen Elizabeth. 1936.

There is one other way, which indeed is the surest way to know if we will receive a good resurrection or a better resurrection Heb 11:35, or if God will call us good, great or greatest, or if at the end of our ministry on earth, our work for God will continue to go on unaffected come inferno or inundation, or if it will be totally or partially consumed when the fiery testing comes.

And that way is to simply go to God on your knees as often as you remember and pray fervently as the psalmist did:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.   Ps 139:23-24  NLT

God’s utmost desire, like that of any good human father, is for you and me to seek from him what’s the very best, and not what’s just good or better; to ask him to mold you so he can call you not just great, but the greatest; that you rely on him like a weaned child relies on his mother for everything you desire to do for him; and that what you do for him will last forever like the mansions in his kingdom.

You would often meditate at night and search your own heart, and implore God to show you if there is any area in your life where you may be presently doing only half as much as you could – or even only 90 percent of what you really could do if you put your whole heart into it. You would cry out to God to reveal to you any shortcoming in your life that may be causing you to build your work with silver and precious stones, instead of gold. You would diligently ask him to equip you with qualities that will qualify you to eventually rule over the maximum number of cities…to your Father’s utmost delight.

May our Lord give you the assurance every day of your life that you are loving God to your utmost, and that you are showing your love for him by doing the utmost you can to share God’s love and blessings with your neighbor.

Then one of the scribes came, and…asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?” Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, with ALL your soul, with ALL your mind, and with ALL your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”   Mk 12:28-31. Emphasis mine.

Don’t settle for kingship of just five cities in the Kingdom of God. Go for the utmost God is willing to grant you. And he is willing to grant you more than you can ever ask or think   Eph 3:20.


 Pappa Joseph



Fathers, Turn Your Heart to Your Children Today


The greatest remorse that a man or woman can have in this life – after loss of their opportunity with God – is loss of their opportunity with their children, followed by loss of their opportunity with their wife or husband.

Those three losses – with God, with children, with spouse – is the very reason God put it into my heart to found this ministry. There is absolutely no calling greater, no ministry more urgent, no mission more desperate in today’s world than that of doing all one can to protect a person from any one of these losses. I begin this message with a fervent prayer that God will work in your heart to heed this message and to do all that is in your power to redeem your time with your God, with your children and with your wife or husband, from this day on. (Though the title addresses fathers, mothers can also gain much insight from this message, which they can use to help their husbands redeem their time with their children.)

I will be repeating this sentence often in my various messages in this website and on the associate World Daily Bread website:

The greatest cause for all the evils in this world today, and the one cause that all societies and governments should focus on eradicating above every other evil in this world, is that the hearts of the fathers are not turned to their children, and therefore the hearts of the children are not turned to their fathers!

Please read that again.

The continuance or total annihilation of this world in the sooncoming years hinges, not on the nuclear war factor, not on food availability, not on global climate changes – but on whether the hearts of the fathers will be turned to their children and the hearts of the children will be turned to their fathers. Let God’s Word convince you of this truth.

And he [the messenger whom God will sent in the last days] will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.   Mal 4:6

The word ‘curse’ in the original Hebrew is ‘cherem’, which more accurately means ‘extermination’, or ‘utter destruction’. And this is how it is translated in several other versions of the Bible.

He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.   NIV

He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers; otherwise I will come and strike the land with complete destruction.   CJV

‘the land’ is more accurately translated as ‘the earth’ in the King James Version and New King James Version, as well as in other translations such as the Geneva Bible, Knox Bible, Orthodox Jewish Bible, etc.

he it is shall reconcile heart of father to son, heart of son to father; else the whole of earth should be forfeit to my vengeance.   Knox Bible

Mercifully, in his great love, God will ensure that his servants worldwide will focus on this aspect of their ministry above every other aspect – of course, after the message of eternal salvation through Christ is first preached.

There is a great attempt by Satan to influence churches and ministries worldwide to focus more on the physical and financial wellbeing of God’s people, more on happiness, more on success, more on doctrinal and parochial church issues. And many servants of God have fallen into the devil’s snare. They are not preaching the wrong gospel – Satan is too smart to try to change the minds of Christ’s servants to abandon the Gospel altogether. They are just neglecting that aspect of the gospel which, if heeded by fathers, would save the world from total destruction. And this, Satan knows, is the best way to ensure that his own reign on earth can be extended. With mankind destroyed, God will have to devise another plan to populate earth again, as he did in Noah’s days, and with no one existing anymore who can qualify to take over his kingship, he can continue as the undisputed ruler of this world.

And why is this aspect, the turning of the hearts of the fathers, so absolutely vital for the salvation of this world?

Look at the evils and wickedness in this world. Next time, you see a man or woman on the street, in your workplace, who displays a profane behavior, look at that person carefully and ponder deeply. How did that person come to behave like that, while you just can never even think of doing such a thing?

Two days before I began to write this message, I found myself in a queue at a supermarket checkout counter. It was moving very slow, as were all the queues at the other counters. A woman came and stood behind me, and then, leaving her grocery basket where she stood, she went back to the stalls. In her short absence, another woman came with her big cart and stood behind me. The first woman returned and took her rightful position. There was an altercation. The second woman was flushing in anger, and she made me the arbitrator and judge – had the first woman really stood behind me before she came? I said yes. The second woman stomped away still flushing, and, I think, cursing me too.

Courtesy: Nathan Rein –

Now ponder. What would a Christian woman do? I know what my wife, or scores of other women I know, would do. If she was the first woman, on being objected to coming back to her place, she would smile, even say a needless ‘sorry’ and take her undeserved position behind the second woman. Now, if she was the second woman, on seeing another woman coming and standing ahead of her, she would merely take a step or two back to make it more convenient for the first woman to squeeze in. Simple. But absolutely impossible for a woman or man whose heart has not been turned to their father in their younger days.

A child whose heart has been neglected by his or her father in their molding years is the most desirable prey for the spiritual vultures hovering over every home in every nation on world. This child may have everything else a parent can provide for: security, a beautiful home, excellent nutrition, peaceful environment, quality schooling, and even quality time with parents. In the midst of all these fine and caring circumstances, the child’s heart will still be easily turned away from es father and start turning to the heart of another father.

I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.   Jn 8:38,41

The heart will never remain for long unturned and neutral. If the child’s heart is not turned to his or her father, they will then surely do what they see their substitute father does.

All the impolite behaviors in the public places, the deadly road rages, the divorces, the murders, all the perverted desires, all the fornications, all the dishonesties, and all other evil characteristics of an adult have their origin in a young child whose heart was neglected by his or her own father and taken over by the father of this world.

You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.   Jn 8:44

The consequences of a neglected heart are not confined to the home or the immediate community. They sweep devastatingly through boundaries and wreak havoc on a national and global scale. Every single one of all the wars that ever happened in this world’s history, including World Wars 1 and 2, can be traced down to the heart of just one child that absorbed the desires of his spiritual father.

Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?   Jm 4:1

Now, secular parenting authorities and family counselors have come to realize through their own observation and research that the absence of father in the home is a root cause for society’s great many ills. And so they have come up with solutions such as fathers spending ‘quality time’ with their kids. They advise working parents to ‘prioritize’ the family over their work. They may even counsel teaching children some ‘real values’ – although I wonder how those counselors who believe that the first offsprings on earth have their origin in copulative accidents among primeval life-forms eons ago, can understand anything about ‘real’ values.

As the editor of a parenting magazine many years ago, on several occasions I hosted forums where parents and noted counselors met together in a forum. I noted that when it came to offering medical and general counsel relating to a child’s health and wellbeing, these sychologists, doctors and parenting authorities offered sound advice. But when parents would ask about some ‘moral’ issue’ their kids were facing, some of them would proffer ‘scientifically proven’ remedies, some of which, to my shock, included encouraging children to fantasize acts of fornication, which is what actually happens in youngsters’ minds when they sexually gratify themselves.

Listen to this reasoning behind such recommendation, as expressed by a noted female sychologist in that forum: If a mosquito bites your child, and he feels an irresistible itch on some part of his body, would you prevent him from scratching that area for relief? In the same way, you should not prevent him from finding relief from his sexual tension through self-release.

Of course, wise parents know what happens to that relieved child when he becomes a teen. Everytime he feels the itch in his loins, he seeks relief from any available source near him. The seeds of fornication and adultery are sown in little kids who are not constantly guided out of their natural itches and inclinations by Godly parents.

To my understanding, and in all my research, I have not come across any secular parenting magazine or book in the world that emphasizes what I am emphasizing in this message. Books by Christian authors do cover this subject to a lesser or greater extent, yet on the whole such publications are a minuscule percentage of the media that influence parents’ relationship with their children.

Oh, at the time of writing this, one of the most popular ways that parents express love to their kids, and in the process inadvertently teach them profane values, is by turning the tender hearts over to wizards and witches. Stronger influences have been imprinted in the minds of our present generation of teens in a typical modern ‘Christian’ home, especially in the developed nations, by books and shows such as Harry Potter and MTV than by all that they have learned in Sunday School and church youth camps. I am referring especially to those homes that have a Bible somewhere on a shelf, but where the children are gifted with books glorifying wrong spirits, and where they are not prohibited from watching squirmy scenes and hear squalid lyrics on tv.

Even as the devil is hyperactive in this endtimes in turning the hearts of children in every nation to him, our Father in heaven is working urgent works through his servants worldwide to turn the hearts of the children to their rightful fathers. God does this by first turning the hearts of the fathers to him, and then, after they have established a right relationship with their heavenly Father, by inspiring them to turn their hearts to their children.

It is not enough that you daily take an hour off from your work and other pursuits to sit with your child to spend quality time with him. Turning your heart to your child means, firstly, having a certain attitude toward him or her every moment of your waking and sleeping hours. What is this attitude?

It is the attitude where you are constantly conscious of God’s Law – summarized in The 10 Commandments – in your every thought, word, and action. It is the love for God and his way of life that emanates with a holy radiance from every cell in your body, which is quickly absorbed by the rest of your family.

A home where dad shows his close relationship with God in all that he speaks and does is the home where Jesus Christ himself is thrilled to be a constant member of. He rejoices in hearing every sentence father utters to his wife and children, and in seeing every act he performs toward them. God and his laws are dad’s favorite theme for conscious and subconscious meditation, not just at fixed quiet times, but throughout the day, wherever he may be.

Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.   Ps 119:97

Secondly, turning your heart to your children means speaking to them of God’s way of life, and his truths in the Bible, and encouraging them to imitate you in zealously observing The 10 Commandments in all its broad life applications. It means taking time to narrate the stories in the Bible, to explain how to live by God’s laws in every situation the child faces. It means slowly raising your child’s level of understanding so he can begin to see the need for his Savior, and understand why his Savior had to die for him, and how he can constantly live a righteous life by Christ dwelling in him through the Holy Spirit.

You will sit down often with your child, and explain to him that all the evils are happening in the world today because people have not been taught God’s way by their parents. You will place much emphasis on explaining the consequences of breaking each of The 10 Commandments.

As your child grows into teenhood and enters the world of puberty, you should focus more on the 7th Commandment, and how the breaking of this commandment by the world in general (and you can give the divorces and extramarital relationships in Hollywood as prime examples) is breaking up homes and children’s lives everywhere.

You dont do this just at any specific pre-determined hour, although there certainly must be at least one pre-determined family hour every day. You do it wherever you get the opportunity.

So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.   Deut 11:18-21 NLT

Fathers, if your children are still with you, blessed are you, for you have the greatest opportunity – literally the greatest opportunity of any man or woman in the sight of God – to contribute to saving this world from total annihilation in these end times. But infinitely more important, you have the opportunity to turn your children’s heart to his or her God so that they can be greatly blessed and their blessing will continue to your grandchildren and great grandchildren even to thousands of generations descending from you and your wife.

There is little time left before world events take a dramatic turn for the worse. The devil knows it, and he is working extra hard to turn the hearts of the fathers away from their children. But God is not watching passively as the world races toward self-destruction. He is working in awesome ways globally to turn back the hearts of the children to their parents. He has sent the spirit of Elijah into the hearts of many of his servants worldwide.

Remember the Law of Moses [The 10 Commandments], My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse [total destruction].   Mal 4:4-6

A great turning of hearts among millions of fathers and children is already taking place all over the world. Is your heart among them?


Pappa Joseph