Serving Without Thanks
There is a couple at my church that always seems to be overlooked. They serve in more areas and put in more time at the church than anyone else. But it seems like they don’t ever get the recognition they deserve.
For years, decades I think, this couple has been faithful to our church. It seems like they have served in pretty much every area and have given more time than anyone else I know.
They’re the kind of people that if you’re not sure who to talk to about something, you ask them.
The weird thing about them is that it seems like they should be getting paid by the church for all their work. Or maybe get an award, or have a cool title. But they don’t. They work in their spare time and even schedule their vacations so that they can serve when the church needs them.
When you hear about storing up treasure in heaven, this is what they’re talking about. When you are willing to work without thanks, without payment, without even a special title, and you do it because it serves the kingdom of God, that’s storing up treasure in heaven.
The Bible talks about having a reward waiting for you in heaven. But if we’re always trying to get thanks or payment for what we do now, then it won’t be there when we get to heaven. We already got our rewards.
I think about this couple a lot. I think that the church should treat them better, or even God should treat them better. I’ve even prayed that God would bless them here on earth because it seems like no one else does. The problem is I’m trying to trade their awesome reward in heaven for a not so awesome reward on earth.
I need to be more like these people. We all do. My wife wrote a post about doing whatever God wants no matter the cost. This is one of those costs. We need to be willing to work and work for the kingdom of God and never get the thanks we deserve.
God has a plan for everyone’s life and we need to be willing for that plan to be one where nobody seems to care if we do it or not.