For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10 NIV)
God—in His infinite wisdom—most often chooses not to show His children the impact they have on others for the benefit of His kingdom. He knows that most of us don’t handle success very well, and before we know it we forget that it is God who is doing the work, and not we ourselves.
In fact—out of His love for us—God usually holds back letting us see the results of our work until a future date when He will reward us personally for the service we have given while on earth.
On occasion however—through His loving-kindness—God might offer a glimpse of our “successes” as an motivation to help us persevere and continue pressing on.
These glimpses come in a variety of means. Usually, they are relatively subtle and show us just enough to encourage without making us arrogant, like a simple “thank you” uttered in passing. Sometimes the glimpses are more obvious, such as in the case of a new opportunity to serve in a manner that we find more desirable. But always, the glimpses God affords are just the right amount of encouragement for someone who may be growing weary because he is never seeing the fruit of his labors.
Our all-knowing Father knows how to prevent burn-out in everyone who longs to serve Him with all his heart. As long as we remain obedient to God and follow His lead, He will use our efforts for His glory. We don’t always see the full impact of our service in the present, but if we pay attention God shows us glimpses of encouragement when we need them the most.
Finally, one day in the very presence of Jesus Christ, He will reveal the lasting work that we’ve accomplished for His glory and we will know of all the treasures we have stored up in heaven.