The Lord ‘records and rewards’ all the hard work and sacrifices you make for the sake of the gospel.
The Lord listened and recorded the names of those who feared and honored Him and what they spoke with each other. Malachi 3:16
God does not forget how hard you worked for him and how you showed your love to him by caring for other believers…Hebrews 6:10
Let’s take Peter’s example. Let’s see the ‘record and reward’ in his case.
Jesus on the shore of Lake Gennesaret, taught the people who crowded around him to hear God’s message. Jesus got into the boat that belonged to Simon Peter and asked him to row it out a little away from the shore. He then sat down in the boat to teach the crowd. Peter was disappointed and exhausted. He had spent a night of fruitless fishing. Imagine how he felt when the Lord asked him to give him his boat yet he helped the Master to preach his message. Jesus noticed this and rewarded him for it. How?
After having finished speaking, He told Simon to row the boat into the deep and let down his nets. When Simon and his men obeyed they caught so many fish that their nets began ripping apart. They signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. The men came, and together they filled the two boats to the point of sinking Peter toiled all night caught no fish. Now he had plenty, just because he helped the Master. Luke 5:1-7
Have you made any sacrifices for the sake of the gospel? – Time, money, family, friends, relationships…
God hasn’t forgotten.
Your blessings don’t wait till you get to heaven; they begin to rain down here on earth. Peter didn’t receive his harvest of fishes in heaven. He got it on earth!
Mark 10:29-31. Jesus said: “…anyone who gives up home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or land for me and for the good news will be rewarded. In this world, they will be given a hundred times as many houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and pieces of land, though they will also be mistreated. And in the world to come, they will have eternal life.”
God doesn’t forget your labor of love. He will reward you in due time.
Finally, you prove your love for God and your love towards Him in the way you show your love to others, especially fellow believers.
1 John 4:20 – “He who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” – If you don’t actively love those for whom Jesus died for, then you really don’t love God.”
We must do good to others at the slightest opportunity.
“My dear children let’s not just talk about love; let us practice real love.”
– 1 John 3:18
God records and rewards our labor of love!