WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
OCTOBER 13, 2021
TOPIC: GOD WILL REWARD YOUR LABOUR
BY T. O. BANSO
“Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, says the LORD” (Jeremiah 31:16a New King James Version).
Sometimes many people keep labouring for God, and it looks as if their labour is in vain. They can’t see any encouraging result or reward for their labour. Not everyone in this kind of situation continues because of the huge discouragement.
God is the best employer! However, His ways, most times, are difficult to understand. Those who’re working in God’s vineyard but are faced with discouraging circumstances should be comforted that God sees and knows their work. Jesus said to the churches of Asia, in the book of Revelations, over and over, “I know your works” (Revelation 2:2, 9, 13, 19; 3:1, 8, 15).
God never forgets the labour of His workers. Keep working for God, even when it seems your labour is unrewarded. The LORD said He did not say to the seed of Jacob to seek Him in vain (Isaiah 45:19b).
The Lord will not violate His Word. He says the labourer is worthy of his wages (Luke 10:7b). In Malachi 3:5, those who cheated the employees of their wages are among the people God said He would be a witness against. The Bible says, “Christian workers should be paid by those they serve” (1 Corinthians 9:10c New Living Translation). 2 Timothy 2:6 says the hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. How can the same God you serve deny you of your reward?
God rewarded King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and his army, whom He had earlier used without giving them any reward Ezekiel 29:18-20 says, “Son of man, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon caused his army to labor strenuously against Tyre; every head was made bald, and every shoulder rubbed raw; yet neither he nor his army received wages from Tyre, for the labor which they expended on it. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Surely I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; he shall take away her wealth, carry off her spoil, and remove her pillage; and that will be the wages for his army. I have given him the land of Egypt for his labor, because they worked for Me,’ says the Lord GOD” (New King James Version). God rewards those who work for Him. Therefore, He rewarded Nebuchadnezzar.
Boaz said to Ruth, “The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge” (Ruth 2:12 New King James Version).
God will reward your labour. “Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, says the LORD” (Jeremiah 31:16a New King James Version).
Don’t be discouraged. “Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically” (Romans 12:11 New Living Translation). Galatians 6:9 says we should not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Verse 7 says we should not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. God is not unjust to forget your work and labour of love (Hebrews 6:10a). God will reward your labour.
Be careful of your labour. Paul warned those labouring in the gospel ministry, “Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward” (1 Corinthians 3:12-14 New King James Version).
No matter how much compensation God gives you on earth now, remember the real reward is in eternity. Everything does not end here on earth. Eternity is waiting for everyone – eternity with God or in hellfire. “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2-3 New King James Version).
Jesus also said in Revelation 22:12, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work” ( New King James Version). You won’t miss your eternal reward in Jesus’ name.
Furthermore, God is also interested in the non-ecclesiastical work that people do. We serve God when we serve people. Therefore, the Bible says we should work with enthusiasm, as though we were working for the Lord rather than for people (Ephesians 6:7). Whatever your profession is, render your service as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that the Lord will reward you in addition to the reward by your employer.
God will reward your labour.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Father, I receive divine encouragement to continue to labour for You. I come against the spirit of discouragement that wants me to stop labouring thereby losing my reward. I will labour to the end and receive my reward. I won’t labour in vain in Jesus’ name.
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T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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