How the World Rewards Faithful Service

The following is from today’s devotional reading for this year — Faith Alone, from the writings of Martin Luther. It speaks of a wicked and cruel system that works against a man of God, and his ultimate and assured victory over the world.

“And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison…” Gen. 39:19-20

“Losing his good reputation and being thrown in prison was certainly Joseph’s worst hardship. What disgraceful wages he received of his years of faithful service! His impeccable character and hard work were rewarded with punishment and ruined reputation. We serve, teach, counsel, comfort, and do what God tells us to do. For the most part, we do this for undeserving people from whom we get nothing in return except hatred, envy, and suffering. It seems that our lives are wasted on being kind to people who don’t appreciated it.

Don’t ever expect the world to acknowledge or reward your faithfulness and hard work. The opposite often happens, as Joseph’s life shows. Therefore, make sure that you direct your service and life elsewhere. Don’t look for favor and kindness from the world. Its favor can quickly turn into furious anger.

… This means that we must serve people who are wicked, undeserving, and ungrateful. A few will acknowledge our service and thank us. But the others might even threaten our lives. Joseph’s example show us what reward we can expect from the world for even the greatest kindness—being tied up and thrown in prison.”

We all know that the wife that persecuted Joseph was unable to stop God’s will in his life. What she meant for harm, God meant for good. Many were saved because of Joseph’s faithfulness and service to God. Let this be your testimony. Remain faithful to God and realize that He is sovereign. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:29.