Thursday, September 3, 2009

Servanthood: Rewards for Today

READ Hebrews 6:9-12

God rewards His children for every act of service done with selfless motivation. Even a small deed, such as helping someone pick up dropped papers, doesn’t escape His notice. Throughout the Bible, we find promises the Lord will repay right actions.

Paul assures us in his letter to the Ephesians 6:8, “Whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord.” And in Revelation 22:12, Jesus speaks through John, saying, “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.” If rewards were bestowed only after we reached heaven, then believers who live to an advanced age would have to wait a long time to see the benefits of their service.

Thankfully, God sprinkles blessings all throughout His children’s lives. For instance, we not only enjoy fellowship with those serving alongside us but also with those we serve. Perhaps the greatest gift for faithful service is joy, which can be experienced in many contexts. Joy can come from leading someone to the Savior, from knowing our works contribute to spiritual growth, or from making eternally valuable choices.

God’s promise comes with a warning. Only service done for the Lord will endure. The work we do to gain attention for ourselves may earn us the notice and praise of men. But that reward is neither filling nor lasting in value. (Matthew 6:1, 5, & 16) Think about your genuine motivations for being a servant. Let your love for people and devotion to God propel you to serve Him.

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