Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1–14
Key Verse: Revelation 22:12
Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
When the sixteenth-century Polish astronomer Nicolas Copernicus first proposed that the earth revolves around the sun, not vice versa, he was met with scorn and ridicule. It was years later that his theory was found to be entirely accurate. Life often seems that way. Evil men are treated as kings, while good men are ignored.
The psalmist contemplated this seeming discrepancy in Psalm 73: “Behold, these are the wicked; and always at ease, they have increased in wealth. Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure” (vv. 12–13 nasb).
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus indicated that His followers would be persecuted on earth. He went on to say, however, that they should rejoice in such treatment because their “reward in heaven is great” (Matt. 5:12 nasb).
Believers are justly recompensed in heaven for their conduct and works on earth—as they trust the Lord to do His works through them. All inequities and injustices are more than compensated by the rewards that Christ will distribute to His followers.
Whether or not you are now recognized at work or home, whether or not you are treated with due respect, remember that God will honor your obedience for all eternity.
Dear heavenly Father, I rejoice in the knowledge that all inequities and injustices will be compensated in eternity. Until that time, help me continue to do Your work Your way.