The Reward of the Prophet

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Even though Prince Henry never went on a sea voyage, he became known as “the Navigator.” How did this happen?

Born on this day in 1394, his parents were King John I and Queen Philippa of Portugal. As a young man, Henry was appointed governor of Ceuta in northern Africa, and he gained a special interest in that continent. He became passionate about expanding Portugal’s trade and influence, and he hoped to find the source of gold.

Henry’s skill in mathematics and astronomy helped him organize expeditions along the northwest African coast. In 1419, two Portuguese explorers sent by him reached the Madeira Islands, which became Portuguese colonies.

But this was just the beginning. In total, Henry sent out more than 50 expeditions. Even though he himself never went on a voyage, he received the praise and credit for these pioneering efforts. Why? Because he sponsored them. He paid for and organized them. Because of his commitment, Portugal became a leader in navigation among the European nations.

Henry’s example supports an important Biblical principle. Jesus taught His disciples that everyone who participates in the work of the Gospel will get a reward. “Whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward” (v. 42). Thus, those who give financial support or pray receive the same reward as those who go.

Today, you have an opportunity to help spread the Gospel. You can give financially. You can pray. You can dedicate your time and resources to God’s Kingdom.

And recognize this: When you give, God remembers. He promises to reward you for your faithfulness.