THE GREAT REWARDER “And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me to give to….” (Rev 21:12-14).
Graduation day is always full of fanfares, celebrations and awards. The graduating students can finally heave a sense of relieve from academic rigours and look forward to a promising future. Parents are excited to see yesterday’s babies growing into adulthood and climbing ladders of success in life; and the society is blessed with new, vibrant and energized fresh brains added to the productive sector of the economy.
There is a final judge (God) who is just in His assessment and marks right. He sees what others don’t see and rewards faithfulness. This Judge does not reward based on titles or positions, but on how faithful you are in the “little” he commits into your hands (I Cor 4:2). Unfortunately we’re living in a space where eye service, inequality and partiality is rife. In many places of work, the hard working ones are denied of promotion and awards while those termed as having ‘communication skill’ though adding no meaningful value to growth have all the promotions. In this space, laziness is rewarded and unfaithfulness is crowned so far you have a ‘god father’. The possibility is there for you to feel weak and discouraged when you’re robbed of legitimate awards; but start looking beyond temporary gains and consider that you’re only developing yourself and adding value to the world.
When the great Shepherd shall come, He shall abundantly reward you and your moment of grandeur shall be celebrated. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord (I Cor 15:58). Great rewards await you in heaven, therefore keep running the race circumspectly, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith.