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. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Working for God might seem, in the eyes of those who live on the things of the world, as a useless exercise. Not always the servants of the Lord receive material goods or a good monetary remuneration. Moreover, I would say that those who pretend to serve God and at the same time long to possess great riches in this world, must meditate well according to the Word to which they are serving. But, even if we think otherwise, God is the best boss that can exist and our work for Him will never be left without just retribution.
In the Bible there is ample evidence of men and women who worked for God and many of them suffered persecutions and anguishes, but to all of them God took them into account. The most notable example is Paul, who first as Saul of Tarsus was a staunch persecutor of the church. After his conversion and transformation into the apostle of the Gentiles, Paul was the most prolific author of the New Testament. In several of his letters, Paul describes his work as an apostle and what the Spirit of God inspires him to write about working for God.
1 Corinthians 9:7 says, Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock? We see that whoever does a job will always receive his salary or remuneration from his employer. Every employee of an office or factory will receive his salary on the corresponding day and according to what has been established in his contract of employment. There are different ways in which you receive your pay: weekly, biweekly, monthly, commissions, etc., but you will always receive compensation for your time spent at your place of employment.
God never contemplated that there was no reward for working for His Kingdom. 1 Corinthians 9:13-14 says, Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel. It should not be considered as a scandal that a preacher of the Word receives a salary for that. First of all, it is his work and, secondly, the Bible says it very clearly: Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.
Paul gave up his legitimate right to live the gospel, as 1 Corinthians 9:18 says: What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel. God did not force Paul to preach the gospel for free, but he did it willingly. Anyone can choose to follow Paul’s example or accept his salary as an employee of the Kingdom of God. In both cases there is a biblical foundation to back it up. What we can be sure of is that God will never forget our work, in this time and in eternity. God bless you.