By Byron Day, BCM/D President and Pastor of Emmanuel Church, Laurel, Md.
A little nine year old girl came up to me at the end of service as I was shaking hands with the members as they left and asked, “What do I have to do to be baptized?” A perfect opportunity to share the Gospel had been presented and so we went into my office and I shared with her the good news of God’s love and forgiveness. The fruit was ripe and ready; it was one of those times that God allows you to reap. She listened intently on the edge of her seat and nearly came to tears as we talked about Jesus dying for her sin. Once she prayed to receive Christ as her personal savior a joyful look came over her face.
As I drove home that afternoon I found myself rejuvenated and ready to continue the race. It was as though God was saying, “Thank you for your faithfulness; now as a reward enjoy the fruit of your labor.”
For it had been one of those weeks, when the counseling sessions seemed endless and the burdens and struggles of those you love tear at your heart. The news of the sick and the bereaved had been overwhelming. The unexpected had happened: no, not that member; surely, Lord, that faithful servant of God couldn’t have cancer. The sermon just seemed as though it would never take shape. I had tried to turn my resignation into the Lord, but He refused it and told me to press on.
Then that Sunday came and the Lord allowed me to taste and see that the Lord is good. It was a reminder that my labor was not in vain. It has been several years since that Sunday, but I always remember what the Lord taught me that day about His love, His concern and His perfect timing with encouragement.
Heb. 6:10 says: “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”
Servant of God, remember that our God sees your work and knows when and how to say thank you and reward your faithfulness. He will not forget your labor of love which you have shown towards His name, but in due time will allow you to enjoy just a taste of the fruit of your ministry.