Recently I read the story of a pastor that went on a short-term mission trip to a third world country. One of his stops was at a field hospital where a medical missionary from the U.S. was serving.
The doctor was about to perform surgery and invited the pastor to observe.
The operating room, such as it was, was poorly lit. The surgical instruments were antiquated. The procedure was major surgery. In the United States, the operation would have been wrapped up in approximately two hours. Under the conditions in this hospital, it took eight hours. The physician was exhausted at the completion of the operation.
The pastor asked the missionary doctor, “In the U.S., how much would you get for performing this operation?” The missionary doctor had no idea. When the pastor suggested it would probably be in the thousands of dollars, the doctor concurred. Then the pastor said, “What will you get for performing this surgery?” The missionary doctor replied, “I will get the smile of my patient, the gratitude of his family, and the joy of the Lord.” So often, the reward we get when Jesus repays us for our service has nothing to do with money.
“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.” Proverbs 19:17