Serving God Without Outward Reward

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done” (Revelation 22:12).

Many years ago, a car salesman bet his co-worker that he could sell a car without an engine. He had an “engineless” car towed to the car lot by a mechanic. He had it cleaned as best as possible, coated the tires, and polished the outside. He also polished the inside leather and made it look spiffy. When a customer arrived at the lot looking for a similar model, he steered the customer toward the car. From that point on, he employed a series of diversionary tactics and lines of arguments to try to close the deal without the customer test driving the car or peeking under the hood. Finally, he succeeded! But he had enough conscience and good sense to let the customer in on the joke and return his money. He told the customer, “Don’t ever be so gullible.” (The previous is a true story.)

We like to see the results of our labor. That customer must have worked hard and saved up to purchase the car. He wanted to drive it, but just got fooled. We want to experience the fruits of our labors. God promises rich rewards for faithful followers of Christ. He is no trickster, like the salesman, trying to fool us into something we will regret. If we faithfully serve God, we can expect rewards in this life, and the next.

The rewards of this life may not look like worldly rewards, but when we love and serve God, we can expect the following present rewards:

1. Peace of conscience
We cannot describe the peace we experience when we walk with God. But we would not exchange it for anything this world has to offer.

2. A sense of fulfillment
When we reach out to others or help them in some way, we know God chose to use us. This gives us fulfillment knowing we obeyed God and also helped others.

3. The blessing of God’s smile
God looks with favor on those who follow Him in this life. He knows they may have sacrificed much to serve Him, so He blesses them with His favor and presence. The world looks for happiness in things and status, but the child of God only needs the Father’s smile upon them.

God will also reward us when we stand before Him:

“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:10-15).

Stay faithful and keeping serving Him. Look to Jesus; He brings His reward with Him (Galatians 6:9; Hebrews 11:6).

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