is very easy to get discouraged when we work our heart out for the
and yet we do not seem to get rewarded. I have heard of and seen
people who quit their service unto the Lord because they seem to
all their work is in vain and there were no results of the work
God never promised that trumpets would sound because we would
word but He did promise that His word would not return void.
The Bible says in 1 John 4:4 "We are in the world but not of
so don't feel discouraged when people come against you. If the
against Jesus, then who are we not to be persecuted just as Jesus
(Read John 15:20-21)
This is a good story that encouraged me to know that my reward
come in this earth and life but in the new life to come in Heaven.
watching each one of us to see what we are doing with the gifts He
given each one of us. (Read Malachi 3:16-17)
I hope this story ministers to your heart as it did for me.
NOT HOME YET
An old missionary couple had been working in Africa for years and
returning to New York to retire. They had no pension; their health
broken; they were defeated, discouraged, and afraid. They
were booked on the same ship as President Teddy Roosevelt, who
returning from one of his big-game hunting expeditions.
No one paid any attention to them. They watched the fanfare
accompanied the President's entourage, with passengers trying to
glimpse of the great man. As the ship moved across the ocean, the
missionary said to his wife, "Something is wrong."
"Why should we have
given our lives in faithful service for God in Africa all these
and have no one care a thing about us? Here this man comes back
hunting trip and everybody makes much over him, but nobody gives
"Dear, you shouldn't feel that way", his wife said. He
replied "I can't
help it; it doesn't seem right."
When the ship docked in New York, a band was waiting to greet
President. The mayor and other dignitaries were there. The papers
full of the President's arrival. No one noticed this missionary
They slipped off the ship and found a cheap flat on the East Side,
the next day to see what they could do to make a living in the
That night the man's spirit broke. He said to his wife, "I
this; God is not treating us fairly". His wife replied,
"Why don't you go
in the bedroom and tell that to the Lord?"
A short time later he came out from the bedroom, but now his face
completely different. His wife asked, "Dear, what
happened?" "The Lord
settled it with me", he said. "I told Him how bitter I
was that the
President should receive this tremendous homecoming, when no one
as we returned home. And when I finished, it seemed as though the
His hand on my shoulder and simply said;
"But you're not home yet."
Sometimes when we do something for the Lord, we want to be
praised now for it, but that's not the way God works. God does
obedience but our full reward will not be known or given until we
Lord face to face. Be encouraged and never give up the dreams and
the Lord has given you. The enemy never wants you to be successful
believe me satan is cheering you on to quit, but never give that
foe the satisfaction. God will be with you and help you in every
that you need.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
of things not seen."
1 John 4:4-6 "Ye are of God, little children, and have
because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the
are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world
them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is
not of God
heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit
John 15:18-20 Jesus says
"If the world hate you, ye know that
it hated me
before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love
own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you
out of the
world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I
you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have
they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they
Psalm 34:17-19 "The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and
them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that
are of a
broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are
afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version.
In Christ Service,
Gods Work Ministry