It’s true we offer our blood, sweat, and tears as faithful and humble acts of love before God. We don’t do this to make a name for ourselves, to get something in return from others, or to otherwise boast about our accomplishments. At the same time, God sees and will reward us accordingly for the costly sacrifices we’ve made. As such, we live in hope that our sacrifices are worth it.
On the one hand, we’re prone to comparisons – often wondering if our efforts matter when others seem blessed even though we feel like we’ve done more than they have. While part of this is simply a desire for justice, we each have our own story and it’s not for us to know why or dictate how God chooses to bless others.
All the same, it’s not only reasonable, it’s necessary for us to live in hope as we make the sacrifices required of us. God will reward those who sincerely seek him and his justice will not be mocked. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
This means our sacrifices are not made in vain. They’re worth it even when it doesn’t seem like it in this life. And even when it seems we have to give more than others.
Knowing this frees us to celebrate when others win, without losing heart. Their win does not steal or diminish the promised goodness God has for us.
And we can also wait with an eager anticipation for our blessing as well. Those who work deserve their pay. This is not a point of pride as if we could do enough to earn God’s grace. But it does give us something to look forward to – trusting God’s rewards will not leave us wanting.
In the end, you’re called to make many costly, unnoticed, and at times seemingly unfair sacrifices in this life. Remember God sees and will bless you accordingly. Your sacrifices are worth it.