Luke 17:10 (KJV) So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, we are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
No physical or material reward was given to Joseph the husband of Mary for the role he played in the life and ministry of Jesus. Twice he accepted the message of God through an Angel; he kept Mary as his wife and ran with baby Jesus to Egypt away from Herod who wanted to kill him (read Matthew 1and 2). He just obeyed every instruction given to him through the Angel.
It is true that God will not forget your labor of love (Hebrews 6:10), however, if this reward does not come during your earthly sojourn or at the expected time, how should you handle it?
As a citizen of the kingdom of God, you must know that you live to please the king, and your own joy and fulfillment is a derivative of how much pleasure you bring The King.
All things including you were created by Him for his pleasure (Colossians 1:16 and Revelation 4:11). Service to the king, therefore, should be as described in today’s text: when you have done all those things which are commanded you, say, I am an unprofitable servant: I have done that which is my duty to do.
If you serve God this way, it will be impossible for the devil to plant offense in your heart. Offense is one of the biggest hindrances to the appropriation of God’s rewards and benefits on this side of eternity.
Go into today knowing that serving God is your duty and glory.
Pray this way: Lord I receive grace to give my all to serve your pleasure in Jesus’ name, amen.
—Dr. Emmanuel James
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