Luke 14:13-14, NIV: But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.

What do I expect for the labor I do for the Lord? For most of us, there is something inside of us that expects something in return for anything we do. When we open a door for someone who has his hands full, we expect a “Thank you,” at least. When we have worked hard as a volunteer, we expect someone to acknowledge our efforts, or recognize that we have given of our time, talents, money, etc. As a church, when we have reached out to a family in their time of need, perhaps we expect the family to be faithful in church attendance, or that they should find a way to give back to the church. But there is a principle in scripture that teaches us to give, expecting nothing in return. The Lord has assured us that our work for Him will be rewarded; yet that is not what should motivate us to do His work. It should be our desire to see a heart of Christ develop in us, and as such, to see a heart in us that says, “Even if I get nothing in return, I will serve and love the Lord.”