Sermon for today by Charles F. Stanley : Deferred Benefits

Topic:Deferred Benefits

Your pay comes both now and in
the hereafter.

Your third step in coming to grips with the role of work in your life is to recognize that your pay comes both now and in the hereafter. The truth of this statement can be a tough sell in the culture of instant gratification in which you live. The world will tell you that you deserve to get what is coming to you in a timely and fair manner. Certainly, there is a reason to concern yourself with the amount of financial compensation you receive for your labor. You have household expenses that must be paid. You have budgets that must be met. You have savings and investment responsibilities that cannot be ignored. You will find, however, that even if you have done your very best and given all you have, you will never really get paid all you are
worth. Your value as an employee cannot be accurately measured . . . let alone compensated.
No one’s pockets are as deep as
God’s. That’s when you must look to the hereafter. The apostle Paul wrote,

“From the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance” (Colossians 3:24). No one’s pockets are as deep as God’s.

He sees not just the hours you put in but also the heart, soul, and determination you pour into your work. He sees every time you go above and beyond the call of duty.
He sees the difference you make in the lives of your clients and coworkers.
God knows exactly what you are worth and will reward you far beyond measure—and certainly beyond what any human employer ever could. That’s a promise you can trust forever.

“Now there was a young Hebrew
man with us there, a servant of
the captain of the guard. And we
told him, and he interpreted our
dreams for us. . . . And it came to
pass” (Genesis 41:12–13).

11. Read Genesis 41. Two years passed before the king’s butler finally remembered Joseph (9–13).
For two full years Joseph remained in prison, managing the day-to-day events of his fellow prisoners. What does this tell you about God’s plans and His timing?

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