The expectation for most people for a good days work is a comparable wage. Using Lamaze techniques of breathing and subsequently pushing has an anticipated result of coddling and looking into the eyes of a precious child. When we spend time scrubbing a bathtub it’s because we assume a nice hot bath is in the near future. In the same way, we should expect a reward from our Lord.
There is recompense in the Kingdom. The scriptures tell us numerous times that our Lord is a rewarder. The final words of Jesus in the book of Revelation advises “Behold, I am coming quickly! I bring my reward with me to repay everyone according to their works. [Revelation 22:12-14 The Passion Translation (TPT)]
There’s a distinct difference between a reward and a gift. A reward is given in recognition of one’s service, effort, or accomplishment while a gift is a thing given willingly to someone without payment; a present. A reward is given when you’ve worked towards a goal and completed it. A gift is given just because. Because you were born, because we are friends, because I love you.
We repeatedly invite distress in our lives when we do not comprehend the difference. We summons disappointment when we expect things to be given to us that should be worked for. We are God’s children and he provides for us (Gift). A part of what he freely gives is work. Without work our minds become idle which creates numerous issues. 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 ESV “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.” God is so good that he compensates the work we do for the Kingdom of God.
In terms of gift giving, our Father is the best! Jesus was the greatest gift ever given. His departure from Heaven and death, burial and resurrection solidify this. The Holy Spirit comes in as a close second. Our Father has outdone himself in the giving department, but there is something he requires of us.
1 Corinthians 15:58 New King James Version (NKJV) 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
We are instructed to always abound in the work of the Lord. This means continuously thrive, flourish in the assignment God’s placed in our lives, to fill our lives with His will and make our toil count in the Kingdom. To give our concentration to completing the great commission and winning souls to Christ. This is Kingdom work.
We are given counsel to be steadfast and immovable in the task of abounding. The work of God cannot be accomplished with a people who are not dedicated, who are wavering and falter in the face of tribulation. The harvest that has to be gathered will take a people who are resolute and committed to the cause. There will be many opportunities to give up, cancel, and quit, but there is no reward for quitters. To complete Gods plan we must steady and of fixed faith. Many test will come to see if you have what it takes to endure; therefore we must be secure in His purpose for our life and secure in His great love!
The payout comes according to our works. We should not be naïve and believe that God judges work in the same way as man. There are many different jobs that should be done and the recompense comes not conjunction with how many hours you put in, but in how effective you were with the job you were given.
We must not grow tired of doing the work of the Lord. It is beneficial and life changing for those being touched and those who are touching. It is transforming for all involved.