So, what is the reward that a church receives when they welcome an apostle and his apostolic ministry? What benefit or reward does a leader receive when he or she decides to ask an apostle to speak into their life and ministry?
The grace, favor, and anointing that operate in and through the apostle will be imparted on the one who welcomes the apostle, his calling, his gifts, and the One who sent him. In my personal experience some ministries welcome the gift of teaching, or preaching, and often look to me as someone who can prophesy accurately and often (and so refer to me as a ‘prophet’) – this limits what I can accomplish to the area of my ministry that they are welcoming. If they see me as a teacher – they receive a teacher’s anointing and reward; as a prophet – a prophet’s anointing and reward… and so only see, experience, and receive a part of what is truly available within and through an apostle’s anointing and ministry. I cannot fully operate as an apostle in a church that welcomes me as something or someone else.
To receive the full benefits of the apostolic ministry, you have to willingly recognize him, give him the authority and honor in the church, and welcome him, as Jesus said. If not, you will not be able to see the powerful manifestations of the apostolic ministry. If you welcome a teacher, you will have the reward of a teacher; if you welcome and receive a prophet, you will have the reward of a prophet; if you welcome a pastor, you will have the reward of a pastor, and so on.
A good example of this: The apostle Paul spent three years in the church in Corinth, but the believers never recognized him as an apostle; quite the opposite – they accused him of not being one. That is why, in my opinion, the church of Corinth never became powerful. However, the same apostle spent three years in Thessalonica where he was welcomed as an apostle; that church became very powerful and with less members than the church at Corinth; they preached the gospel they heard from Paul and impacted thousands of people in the area with the power of God. This was made possible because Paul was able to influence them with his apostolic ministry; they accepted and welcomed him as an apostle; they respected and honored him, and in return, they received their reward.
“For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13