Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
—1 Corinthians 3:8
A man who was doing a little cleaning went up to his attic and was throwing away a bunch of old junk. Then he came across an old vase that he thought might be worth something. So, he brought it to an antique dealer who knew a little bit about these things. He was shocked when he walked out with a check for $324,000. It turns out that the vase was a piece of 15th-century art from the Ming dynasty. And all that time it had been sitting there in his attic.
There are people who faithfully labor behind the scenes for the Lord whom we don’t know of. But their Heavenly Father who sees them in secret will one day reward them openly. In fact, you might be one of those people. No one knows your name. No one knows what you do. But you are faithful to what the Lord has asked you to do, trying to do the best with what He has given you.
So don’t be jealous of what someone else has. Don’t worry about what God has called someone else to do, because you won’t be judged for that. And they won’t be judged for what He has called you to do. Be faithful with what God has put before you. Be thankful you have a life to use for God’s glory, and use it for Him.
You may think that what you do for the Lord doesn’t have any real value. But what is so valuable here will be worthless there. And what may not seem valuable here may be priceless there when we stand before God.
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