I had forgotten the work of yesterday. Yet, I was quickly reminded of my efforts when I opened the refrigerator to a sweet surprise. A batch of sugar cane sweetened berry tea greeted me. I smiled as I remembered that the tea had brewed for quite some time. Therefore, its flavor would be nothing short of exceptional. The day before, the combined aroma of wild berries and blueberries permeated the air as the tea bags steeped in steaming water. It smelled divine.
As a southerner, who loves a nice glass of ice-cold sweet tea, I placed the tea in a jug, and the jug in the refrigerator ... only after adding water and sugar, of course. I looked forward to consuming my concoction. I knew it would be delicious. But as the day went on, I forgot about the work I had done. The busy life of being a stay-at-home mom swept my remembrance away.
But when I opened the refrigerator the next day, I remembered ... and I was glad. Because of what I did yesterday, I was able to enjoy today. I poured myself a cold glass of sweet berry tea, reclined in my chair, and sipped in contentment. The work of yesterday was worth it.
Remember this, dear reader. God is not mocked or slack concerning his promises. (Galatians 6:7). He sees your work and will reward you according to what you have done. Although I may have forgotten the work of my very own hands, God will never forgot your efforts.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
(Hebrews 6:10-12 NIV)
I know you've probably heard this before, and I know life can become difficult at times, but please don't give up. Keep pressing and keep working. Ensure that whatever you do, whether in word or deed, you do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, to glorify our Father (Colossians 3:17). I bet there are things you are doing today and things that you did yesterday that you may forget in the future.
But praise be to God that even if you forget, God will remember! And not only will He remember, but He will reward. Just as a smile crept upon my face once I saw that sweet berry tea waiting for me in the fridge, may a smile creep upon your face when your sweet work from yesterday rewards you.
Because of what I did yesterday, I was able to enjoy a delightful cold sip today. What you do today counts. Not just in this life, but in the life to come. For every man will have to give an account for his or her deeds (Romans 14:10-12, Revelation 20:12). So, do good work today, tomorrow, and every day until the Lord calls you home.
Praise, pray, read your Bible, love God and love others. That way one day, you can enjoy rewards that are nothing short of exceptional. Though some works, prayers, and praise may have to steep for a while, the payoff in favor will be worth it in the end. The aroma of blessings, grace, and love will permeate the air around you. It will smell divine. It will be sweet ... and it'll all be because of the work you did yesterday.
Quin Arrington is a wife, mother of two children, and author of three books. Her literary collection includes both fictional and nonfictional works. Books can be purchased at the link listed below. Thank you for time and attention. God bless!