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1 Corinthians 15:58 (NET)
So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Bitris was a committed choir member in church before he was appointed a deacon in his local church assembly.

He worked harder in the church than all other deacons and even pastors, but he was least appreciated and acknowledged because the church leadership was very tribalistic and he was not from their tribe. Bitris felt so unappreciated and cheated, and was becoming increasingly bitter until he was reminded through scripture that all his labor was unto the Lord and not unto men. He realized that the fact that men didn’t appreciate his labor of love was more assurance that God was going to reward him openly. Not long after he overcame the bitterness in his soul, God rewarded him with blessings that made all his antagonists very envious. God promoted him beyond everyone’s imagination because he was faithful in the little (see Luke 16:10-12).

I know of seasoned servants of God who do not publicly acknowledge the biggest givers to the work of God they do because they don’t want to do anything to hinder the giver’s reward from God. Some wouldn’t even so much as say ‘thank you’ to those who give them personal gifts because of this reason. They understand that sometimes, even saying so much as ‘thank you’ to a sincere giver may hinder his great reward from God.

We can understand from the doctrine of The Lord Jesus that when we do things to receive the praise of men, we do it at the expense of our reward from God (see Matthew 6:1-6).

Go into today remembering that it is better to receive the reward of God than the praise of men. If men refuse to acknowledge your labor of love, they are helping to ensure that your reward from God is intact and full.

—Pst. Abraham Damilola Arigi


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