All for Him?
…knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free (Eph.6.8).
The need to be faithful is so often emphasized as though our faithfulness benefit the Lord more than the reward we receive from it. The believer was saved unto good works however, he will receive the reward for every good deed either here on earth or hereafter. We might think we are doing all for Him but it’s all for us.
A story was once told of a beggar who would receive gifts from his benefactors and burst into songs,
“You did it
You did it
You did it for yourself”
That was the lyrics of his song. A benefactor had listened to him and got offended. “I did for you and not myself”, he thought. So he poisoned food and gave the beggar. The beggar sang his usual song. That same day, 3 children fond of the beggar came around to play with him as usual. They saw the food the and ate it, based on the cordial relationship they had with the beggar. Same day, the 3 children died. Unfortunately, they were the children of the beggar’s benefactors. He did it for himself, right?
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men (Col.3.23).
The reality that everything we do should be as to the Lord would eliminate hypocrisy, eye service, laziness, grudges and so on. Again, everything we do has a reward which should remind us that we are literally building our own future with our hands. What are you building? Paul warned us to be careful how we build because our works will be tested to reveal the quality.
While it is important to do good always because it is commanded, it is also important to remember that there is reward for everything we do. Peace!