And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Do not expect all our rewards to serve Christ receive them in this world. Anyone who does, does not really understand the meaning of the words of Jesus when he said that His Kingdom is not of this world. And even though in this life we receive blows to serve the Lord, that does not give us the right to be frustrated or to decline our enthusiasm for serving Him. The reward of the inheritance is guaranteed and, without a doubt, we will receive it.
Through the Bible we know the story of Abraham, whom God commanded to leave the land of his father with the promise of giving him another land, which would be the inheritance for his descendants. The book of Genesis tells the whole story of Abraham; but Hebrews 11:8-10 gives a summary of it, By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Let’s look at the parallel that exists between Abraham’s life and what Colossians 3:23-24 says. First is that Abraham acted as it says at the beginning Colossians 3:23-24: And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. Abraham left Ur from the Chaldeans, in what is now Iraq, to the land of Canaan, which God promised to give. Abraham was an old man when he received the call of God, he had no children; but he did not take any of this into account to obey the call he had received.
Certainly Abraham left without knowing where he was going, in his time, there were no mobility facilities that exist today. Therefore, he was on his way to a land he had never trod, a land from which he had no map. Abraham did not have Google to do a search and find out the details of the land where he was going. Neither did he have a GPS or a compass to avoid getting lost on the road, he only trusted the God who had ordered him to leave the land of his father and his kin and obeyed with all his heart.
Already in the Promised Land, Abraham lived as a foreigner, and already in the twilight of his life and that of his wife was born the son of promise. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son and he obeyed with all his heart. Seeing Abraham’s faithfulness, God not only prevented the death of Isaac, but made him the promise outlined in Genesis 22:16-17, and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son, blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.”
For those born from the second half of the twentieth century to today, Genesis 22:16-17 is the best demonstration of God’s faithfulness and the truthfulness of the Bible. We have seen that the descendants of Abraham have possessed the gates of their enemies. That is our greatest guarantee that we, who serve Christ, will also receive the reward of the inheritance in the same way that Abraham and the people of Israel received it. God bless you.