What happens when we get no reward?
In his book, viagra usa malady The Fall of Fortresses, cialis buy author Elmer Bendiner tells the remarkable story of a B-17 Flying Fortress that flew a bombing mission over Germany toward the end of World War II. The bomber took several direct hits from Nazi antiaircraft guns; a few actually hit the fuel tank. Miraculously, the crippled aircraft made it back without exploding or running out of fuel. After landing, eleven unexploded twenty millimeter shells were carefully removed from the bomber’s fuel tank! Each was dismantled and examined. To everyone’s amazement, all eleven were empty of explosives material. Why? How could it be? Why would the enemy fire empty shells? The mystery was solved when a small note was found inside one of the shells, handwritten in Czech. Translated, it read, “This is all we can do for you now.” A member of the Czech underground, working in a Nazi munitions factory, had deliberately omitted the explosives in at least eleven of the shells on his assembly line. Not knowing if any of his sabotage efforts would prove effective, he slipped the note into one of the shells, hoping that someone who benefited from his efforts one day might discover why. The same person may have died wondering if the quiet work he was doing to subvert the enemy war machine would ever make any difference to the outcome of the war. Nevertheless, he pressed on doing what little he could each day, letting the future take care of itself….and indeed it did. There was a Flying Fortress crew who had him to thank for their lives and their future.
So the next time you begin to doubt whether your earthly efforts to help others and serve God counts, think of this story. For like these Czech’s you may have to wait a long time before seeing the results of the good you’ve done. And for some, you may even have to wait until heaven to find out. But that’s okay, just add it to the other joys you will experience and receive after arriving.
Mark 9:41 “For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward.
Luke 6: 35 “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High…”
I Corinthians 3: 8-9 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.