You have said: “It is useless to serve God. What have we gained by keeping His requirements and walking mournfully before the Lord of Hosts?” – Malachi 3:14
Most of us see a paycheck as a just reward for a job well done. Yes, many feel they are not properly compensated for their services and even others love their job so much that, if they could, they would do it for nothing, but typically we are paid for what we do. I wonder, how does this “paycheck” principle translate into God’s service? Should we be looking for a paycheck from Him, too?
God’s prophet, Malachi, condemned the attitude of the Jewish leaders because they had complained about the uselessness of serving God. They felt that their obedience should have earned some benefit and blessing, but their words revealed an erroneous belief and doctrine. They wanted a paycheck, not a Person.
God may bless us for our obedience, but serving God for personal gain (beyond His favor) is unbiblical. Our service of God must only be motivated by a desire for God that has as its ultimate object His greatest pleasure. In this, of course, we ultimately gain everything.
We are not built for ourselves, but for God. Not for service for God, but for God. – Oswald Chambers