Colosians 3 v 23 – 24: And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Whenever I did anything for anyone, whether it was to give a lift for a child or help in some minor but helpful way the person whom I had helped sometimes would ask, What can I do for you in return? My response was always the same, “invite us for dinner”. I hate cooking! I will do almost anything to get out of it. I have spent a great deal of my time justifying take-aways!
And then I heard this story about a woman who cleaned up after people in a church. She cleaned between the pews, in the bathrooms etc and one Sunday the pastor of that church was thanking people for things they had done. So later she approached him and said how although she had no problem cleaning up and she felt that was her service to the church, she never received any recognition for doing so. He told her he would rectify that. So on the following Sunday, he called her up and thanked her publicly for all she had done, cleaning up after everyone in the church. The people applauded and as she turned to leave the pastor said to her, “Now you have had your reward.”
That made me stop and think. Do I want supper made for me as my reward for doing good things for others, or do I want my reward in heaven? I determined at that time that I wanted my reward in heaven! I wanted to do things for others but as unto the Lord because I want His reward, and not something tangible and forgotten! I also decided that if I do something for someone I do not do it for ‘something’ I do it for the Lord. Only that person, God and I know that I did it for them. That way you are assured that you are not doing it for a pat on the back or an earthly reward.
As this scripture says: Matt 6 v 3 – 4: But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.
2 Corinth 9 v 7: So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity (compulsion); for God loves a cheerful giver.
And finally, don’t do something for someone if you are going to begrudge that person or you are going to resent them for it. I am a person who generally does not have a problem saying ‘no’ so when I do something for someone I generally don’t have a problem doing it. On the other hand I should maybe learn to say ‘yes’ more. I would like to say further that sacrificial giving means a lot more too. If it costs you, as in time or money or effort! If it doesn’t cost you, it doesn’t really mean as much. Though that should not stop you doing things for people!
Luke 6 v 33: And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
And v 35: But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Highest. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
There is great joy in giving!