Great is Your Reward

Written by Steve Ballinger. Posted in Devotions

Great is Your Reward

“Be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded”
—2 Chronicles 15:7—

Recently the 83rd annual Academy Awards Ceremony was held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. Actors and other film production personnel came together in hopes of receiving a “soon to be forgotten” accolade and the granddaddy of all rewards—the Oscar; a reward that loudly proclaims to the whole world that the receiver is the very best at what they do.

People across the country were sitting in their living rooms, munching on popcorn, and watching in rapture, as the glamorously rich and famous celebrities exited their limousines to begin their “look at me, aren’t I beautiful” walk down the fabled red carpet, as they vied to attract the attention of a reporter.

As they finished showing off their adored, yet, soon to be aged, bodies, they entered the theater and took their seats. Each held on to the hope that they would be named the best in their field; each hoped they would have the opportunity to stand before their peers and say, “I want to thank the Academy for . . .” (blah, blah, blah); and each hoped they would return home with a trophy that, unfortunately, will sooner or later become a fancy dust magnet, sitting on a shelf.

In many respects, we are not all that different from those who hoped to receive the Oscar. Each of us desire to know that we are appreciated for what we do, whether we’re a police officer, a firefighter, husband, wife, etc. There is nothing wrong with being told we are doing a good job and that we are appreciated. There is nothing wrong with receiving an award or reward in recognition for the work that we do. But, that doesn’t always happen; we’re not always recognized and rewarded for all of our hard work we do.

In light of the above, I exhort you to not let the lack of recognition and rewards stop you from doing your very best in life. Remember, our “best” is not done for the sake of an award, but rather for the sake of the Lord (Colossians 3:22). If you’ve been feeling discouraged lately, as though your hard efforts are going unrewarded here on earth, remember the best rewards are not in this life, but in the life to come. The Lord knows of our good work and will reward us in His own time. And, unlike the Oscars recently given out, His reward will never gather dust.

“Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven”
—Matthew 5:12—

Our reward is yet to come,

Chaplain Steve

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