By Dino B. Tariman
“Though I thought I had toiled in vain, and for nothing, uselessly spent my strength, Yet my reward is with the Lord, my recompense is with my God.” Isaiah 49: 4
Have you ever felt that while you’re serving the Lord, all the strength and effort you exerted is somehow useless? Well, I once did, it happened as I was cleaning this restroom with the goal in my mind to make it the cleanest it could possibly be. So I did, cleaning the floor very well, drying the sink , cleaning the mirror — just about everything to say it’s a beautiful restroom. Then came batch after batch of people who dirtied the floor and splashed water around the sink and the mirror. So I had to fix the restroom again — and again.
Tiring though it is, God granted me strength and rewarded me with joy after I served Him in the restroom. I was tired at the moment yet I was so wonderfully happy inside. Truly, God rewards those who serve Him.
But it’s not always that I feel or see any tangible reward. Sometimes I feel so joyful, sometimes exhausted. Sometimes I get ice cream, sometimes I don’t. But still the Lord rewards those who serve Him. It may not be felt or seen for the present, but surely God will. The reward might only be waiting for us in eternity.
Let us then continue to serve the Lord in whatever way He wants us to. Serving the Lord with all our hearts, not so much focused on the reward but on simply telling the Lord that we love Him.
Lord, thank You for loving me. Please help me to show that I love You as I serve You. Tell me what to do Lord, I am your servant. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
[This was originally written and published in geocities.com in 2005]