Serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward.Ephesians 6:7-8 NIV
When we invest in something or someone, it’s only human to feel we should reap where we’ve sown. When we don’t, it’s easy to get upset. Yet the Bible says, “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does” (Ephesians 6:7-8 NIV).
Nobody knows the sacrifices you’ve made better than God. He sees your secret and selfless acts on behalf of others, and His Word says, “Thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly” (Matthew 6:4). Recognition and reward come from God, not men. He will determine the appropriate remuneration for you.
If God chooses to reward you richly, don’t let anybody make you feel bad about it. Just keep giving the same excellent service, regardless of what He puts into your hand, or how much praise and recognition you receive.
The more God proves He can trust you with His blessings, the more He’ll bless you; it’s that simple. In His kingdom some receive 30-fold returns, others 60-fold returns and others 100-fold returns (Matthew 13:3-8). The rate of return is up to God. Your part is to be grateful for whatever He gives you – and not look to others to compensate you for the sacrifices you’ve made on their behalf. Okay?