He Won’t Overlook Your Work
Hebrews 6:10 (ESV) – For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.
Most people who work and try their best want to be recognized for their work. It is natural to desire this. For many of us husbands out there, if we lift a finger to help with cleaning the house in some way, we want parades thrown in our honor. But in all sincerity, recognition for our work is natural and good. We long for affirmation. We want to know our work is valued and helps contribute to a worthy cause.
We see in our passage today that God doesn’t overlook our work. We read in Hebrews 6:10, “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.”
The Hebrew writer makes an incredible statement and promise, “God doesn’t overlook your work.” In fact, he says that it would be unjust for God to do so. But He isn’t unjust. He sees our work and our love displayed for the saints. In this particular context, the writer is commending the work that some did in serving the needs of other Christians. This did not go unnoticed by God. The implication of God noticing is that He will reward, whether on earth or in heaven.
We ought to be motivated by promise of reward. This isn’t a bad thing at all. In fact, in many places, Jesus teaches that great is the reward in heaven for those who invite others to parties who can’t invite them back. Jesus promises reward, both earthly and heavenly, for those who do this. Why does He promise reward? To motivate the action. Too many Christians believe all service ought to be done out of duty without any desire for gain. But this is not Christian, it is more in line with the philosophy of Kant.
Serve the Lord with gladness. Find ways to serve His saints. Do so because Christ has saved you and made you His own, but also remember the reward. Christ rewards those who serve Him. He will not overlook our labors or love. That would be unjust.
Reflection & Journal:
- Why do many Christians struggle with the idea of serving for reward?
- What does this passage teach us about God’s response to our labors?
- How can you serve the Lord and other believers this week?
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