Residual income is a big marvel in network marketing. Your account goes on making money for you even when you've stopped working it out. Residual means abiding and enduring. Something keeps being left in your reserve after you've long stopped doing the business. It never ends. But long before it became a reality in network marketing, it's been a reality in Kingdom rewards systems.
Through a Glass Darkly
Have you noticed how the principle of duplication has become a top strategy in network marketing? Well, long before the computer and the internet came to being, duplication has been used by the Kingdom since creation. Binary, unilevel, points-system or uni-line. And there's no scam. Well, the same with other fun things we know. We marvel at the entertainment zip-lines, roller coasters, skiing and sky diving give us, when the fact is, heaven has better versions of them, more than you can imagine.
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But we have them here merely "through a glass darkly." But then, in heaven, we enjoy them "face to face."
Everything in heaven is leveled up to the trillionth power, in case you didn't know. But when they're handed down on earth things depreciate in fallen proportions, though they still bring us so much fun. It's not boring in heaven. You have a lot of fun. God designed it as a perfect place. And the Kingdom systems that run it are equally perfect. One of them is residual blessings in Christ.
How It Works
Anything you do for God according to his Word gets rewarded. Just make sure it's according to his spoken or proceeding Word. I don't care if what you accomplish looks successful or not on earth, but in the Spirit realms they're all successful because things are weighed according to your heart's intentions and the faithfulness (to God's Word) by which they were done. Yup, everything will be rewarded.
Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. [1 Corin. 15]Again, make sure what you're doing is "the work of the Lord," not your own works or dead religious works. Again, Paul says:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. [Gal.6]The rewards or blessings start pouring now and also in the Spirit realms for later use in eternity. They're kept in heaven. And what's kept in eternity never ends. It's "residual." Get that? The good news here is that, eternity starts now. Jesus said, "This is eternal life, to know you, the only true God, and Jesus whom you have sent," [John 17]. Eternity is now happening and this means we can start withdrawing from our residual blessings that never ends. Any time---if you believe it.
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John 4.36 tells us more about residual blessings in Christ:
Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.You see the word, "already"? In other versions, "Even now." The residual blessings are being received now, and yet there is something still being "gathered for eternal life." It's a "fruit" or "crop" which, according to Revelation 22, is for the healing of the nations. It's from the tree of life that "bears 12 crops of fruits" available each month.
And both sower and reaper get the residual blessings in Christ because they're both "reapers" in this sense. Regardless whether you sow or reap, you "rejoice together" in the harvest. So you're both reapers in God's eyes. And this Kingdom concept is vital to residual blessings in Christ. Whatever you do for God bears a harvest in residual terms.
Principle or Sowing and Reaping
If you sow the Word and yet others reap, you still get a reward. If you share the Gospel to John but John receives Christ in Ted's ministry, you still share in the harvest. The same thing if John receives Christ through you but ends up in Ted's church and becomes active there. Why? It's the same body of Christ. There's just one body.
Now, when John shares the Gospel to others after being trained by Ted, and others receive Christ through John, you still share in the harvest. It's residual blessings in Christ. Why? Because you sowed the seed in John. That deed is recorded in heaven forever. You remain the sower of seed in John's life. That seed you sowed in John was transferred to other people when John witnessed to them, so in a way, you share in John's sowing. And Ted gets a share too for harvesting John and training him to harvest others.
So all sowers and reapers rejoice together. And it doesn't stop there.
Those who received Christ through John will also share the Gospel with others, too. As many as receive Jesus, you share residual blessings through your connection with John. So with Ted. And so on. The spiritual genealogy will go on, reaching other churches and countries---even to the ends of the earth. You never know it, but somewhere down the line (your "downline") of your spiritual genealogy someone may be called to do missions overseas. Whoever gets saved through that line, you share in the harvest. You get residual blessings in Christ. So do all the reapers down their lines. The blessings never stop.
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. [1 Cor. 3]So don't worry about how many church members you have or if your church has an overseas mission or not. It's not your job to worry about this. Your only job is to share the Gospel. Share Jesus with people, period. That's your "own labor." Let the Holy Spirit move in your ministry.
Shares in Percentages
You don't get all the reward for yourself. The reward is shared in percentages (or shares or points) according to one's "own labor." You get bigger shares from your "direct downlines" and lesser shares down the line. Your work in the Lord is never in vain. We see a good glimpse of residual blessings in Christ in Philippians.
Remember how Paul rejoiced in the progress of the Philippian believers? He said this will "abound on his account." Whatever the Philippians gain in spirit will have a good effect on Paul's standing spiritually.
I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me. [Phil.1]It's something like this. If someone down your line (let's say, on your 10,000th line or level) is sent by another church to an overseas mission, and the guy plants a church there and trains his disciples to share the Gospel and the thing grows and expands resulting to 10 churches in that country, you share in all that---even if you're not a member of the sending church. Why? Because we're all one body. You never knew this happened. You never knew you have a part in the 10 churches overseas, something from which you can receive residual blessings in Christ. But God knows. It's all recorded.
Now you don't have to think about this---think up plans, gimmicks and strategies to make this happen. Nope. All you have to do is be faithful---keep sharing the Gospel, not because you want the residual blessings in Christ but because you love the Lord and you want lost souls to know Jesus. Period. You don't have to make a big deal (or mess) of it. A lot of churches do, to make a name for themselves.
It's One Body, Remember?
No matter where the progress or success is happening in the body of Christ (no matter what church or denomination), you're part of it because you're a part of the body. So many pastors fail to get this. They lack God's imagination. If a church is so successful and it has so many overseas missions, you're a part of that whether you're a "member" of it or not, whether you like it or not. Don't think that, "Oh, look at them! They're so faithful because they have a mission outreach. I have none. I got to have mine, too, or else I won't be found faithful. I will be found useless!"
That's far from truth. Truth is, we're one body in Christ. If the left hand is successful, the entire body is. If one toe is nourished with nutrients from food, so would all the parts of the body. No one is left out. After all, all the success was made possible only by God, the Head, not really by any part of the body---although many pastors today still think their success is due to their hard work, not by God's grace alone. They really believe they're great.
Even your "hard work" is by God's grace alone. So it's all God's success. And as members of his body, we all share in God's success, every part of the body. No one's left out. If one church has mission work, that too is your mission work. I encourage giving support to mission work of other churches and denominations, not just yours.
The thing here is to be faithful to the work God gave us. And that's to share the Gospel and make disciples, period. You don't mess with what God is up to. You don't decide how many would be added to your church this year. You don't make goals of how many will be baptized. You don't decide how many members you will have after 5 years. All that is stupid fleshly pride. Leave that to God. Just witness to people.
You now understand residual blessings in Christ?
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