Colossians 3:23-24 says: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
What it is saying is, if we serve someone else in the name of the Lord, for the glory of God, the person we are are serving becomes a representative of Jesus Christ. And even if that person doesn’t show appreciation for what we have done, it is never in vain. God is the ultimate reason for all our investments.
This approach to servanthood can set us free in our day to day service.
The mom who picks up the house just in time for children to come through like a tornado and destroy it again can be ok with it because she’s not serving the children when she cleans the house. She’s not even serving her husband. Her family is just a representaion of the Lord. And the Lord will reward her.
The volunteer at church who serves tirelessly but is never told how much they are appreciated because of their service, can know it’s all right. Because the motivation for that volunteer’s service goes way beyond appreciation. Their motivation for their service is the Lord.
All of you who punch clocks, sit at computers, or bring your best to work for a boss who doesn’t notice and a paycheck that doesn’t show it, it’s ok. We serve the Lord. He is the trustee of our inheritance. He is the ultimate boss. He recognizes our effort and our attitude. He will reward accordingly, in His time and His perfect way.
To live this way is a powerful thing. It enables us to serve some very half hearted leaders or people with our whole heart. See, when we serve another, in reality, we’re serving the Lord. Our time, energy and resource we’ve spent are safely invested with Him. He is tracking our every deposit. And He will personally reward you for you service to Him.