Maybe you are serving the Lord somewhere right now, working hard behind the scenes, and you’re saying, “No one notices what I’m doing. This is a thankless job.”
Be faithful in the little things. God is paying attention. As 1 Corinthians 4:2 says, “Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”
It may be that God will open up some wonderful new opportunities for you here in this life, possibilities that you never dreamed of. Then again, it may not be until Heaven that you receive full recognition and reward for all that you have done. Jesus said, “Your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly” (Matthew 6:4).
As Christians we will one day stand before God. We will give an account for what we have done with our talents, our gifts, our resources, our time, and all that He has given us (see 1 Corinthians 3:11–15). This is described as the judgment seat of Christ, which is not to be confused with the Great White Throne Judgment spoken of in Revelation 20. The judgment seat of Christ is a place where rewards are given.
When we die and go to Heaven, we will be there because of what Christ did for us. But then each of us will stand before Him, and the fire of God’s judgment will go through our lives and determine what we did with them. If we wasted our lives, if we wasted our time, if we wasted our resources, we are still saved because of what Christ has done for us. But we will have nothing to show for our lives.
It is our blessed responsibility to fully utilize all our energies to please our Master by faithfully using what He has given us. Let’s be faithful.
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