In several places through the New Testament, there are statements of promise from God to faithful servants. I’m thinking of three in particular: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Note: “your toil is not in vain.”
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. (Galatians 6:9–10)
Note: “we will reap.”
With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free. (Ephesians 6:7–8)
Note: “he [or she] will receive back.”
Here is what these promises mean for us:
- When we have done what was needed, but we were ignored, misunderstood, or forgotten . . . we can be sure it was not in vain.
- When we did what was right, with the right motive, but we received no credit, no acknowledgment, not even a “thank you” . . . we have God’s promise we will reap.
- When any servant has served and given and sacrificed and then willingly stepped aside for God to receive the glory, our heavenly Father promises we will receive back.
How good is that?