Your labour is not in vain. - 1 Corinthians 15:58
Sometimes it's easy to forget that this world is not your home! You're going to spend eternity with Christ in a place prepared especially for you (John 14). You're also going to be rewarded for the job you've done. The Bible not only supports that idea. It spells out some of the specifics. Here are three you need to know about today:
(1) Most of your rewards will be received in heaven - not on earth! Yes, there are earthly rewards (Mark 10:30), but God reserves special honour for the day when "each man's work will become evident" and "he shall receive a reward" (1 Corinthians 3:13-14 NAS). Your service now will determine the status then, so give it your best today!
(2) All your rewards will be based on quality, not quantity! We're so impressed with size and volume, noise and numbers, but God has His eye on motive. When He rewards you, it'll be based on what you did with what you had, and the "heart" you put into it. That means everybody has an equal opportunity when it comes to rewards.
(3) Your reward may be postponed, but it'll never be forgotten! Think about that! When you've done what was needed, yet you were ignored and misunderstood, remember, "Your labour is not in vain." When you've done "the right thing," but received neither credit nor acknowledgment, remember, "Your labour is not in vain." When you've served, given, and sacrificed, and then willingly stepped aside for God to get all the glory, remember, "Your labour is not in vain." What an assurance!