The rewards of work.

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Matthew 6:19-21 says, do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

One basis of good management is to recognize and reward employees for outstanding performance. Still many employees feel that they never receive the recognition or rewards they deserve from their earthly employers.

Believers are in an ideal situation when it comes to the question of rewards because God has a recognition and incentive better than any employer could ever devise. He promises that as we work every day unto the Lord that He will recognize and reward them, whether employers ever appreciate them or not.

In Hebrews 6:10, God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

Jesus taught that if believers rely solely on rewards from others, they will miss God’s reward. He shows that if the motivation is to be recognized and reward here on earth that will be full extent of the reward.

Earthly recognition is rarely given fair. Some receive recognition they do not deserve, and others who deserve it never get it. Furthermore, earthly recognition is fickle; the winds of fame can shift suddenly.

What a difference when believers understand that people’s rewards and recognition are not what is needed. When we work for the Lord’s approval, we are freed from being a slave to people. When we know that our reward is coming from the Lord, whether people recognize our contribution matters less and less. They are free from that need to please others to be accepted.

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