“Because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.” Ephesians 6:8

At times, it can be disheartening when you and I serve and things do not go in the way we expect.

There are very hard workers, respectful and sincere, who may feel they are not receiving a good return for their work.

Whatever we do, no matter the field, we’re not serving only humans but our Master. Even when you and I may believe we’re not receiving our fair share here, we can find comfort in remembering that God is watching and he rewards those who obey him.

Hard work with low rewards can be difficult. It’s easy to complain. Although it’s hard, Scripture tells us to work with enthusiasm (Colossians 3:23). Scripture guides us to do the will of God, and to do it with all our hearts. We may also need to work with others where possible.

When we are grateful for the opportunities God gives us to serve, this helps us to serve with enthusiasm. When we know that we are already loved and accepted by Jesus, our motivation changes. Pleasing God becomes our reward!

We are called to do what our leaders and those who have authority over us ask us to do, as long as it is not sinful. Sometimes, we may be treated unfairly but by the grace of God we can find strength to do what we need to do.

You may not feel recognized enough where you serve. But remember, the Lord himself will reward those who do good.

Father God, help me to serve with enthusiasm and respect where you have placed me in Jesus’ name.

Find a creative way to show enthusiasm in your world today.

By Fab Batsakis
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