But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)
This might be the reason many church folks end up thinking God failed to reward them for their supposed service to Him; because they did the wrong service and expected the wrong reward. God did not promise to reward us with something for being busy in religious activities.
What God rewards us with is grace, the divine energy that gets things done. In the book of Hebrews chapter eleven, God shows us something rather remarkable, He shows us that it is in His nature to make real in our lives whatever knowledge of Him we search out and receive with faith. Here we see that the labour God expects of us is the labour of searching Him out, and believing what we find, hence, ask, seek and knock.
The word “rewarder” actually should be translated “testifies” or “bears witness to”. So, God is saying that whatever knowledge of Him we search out, He will bear witness to it through the faith it will birth in us, causing us to come into the manifestation of that truth. We labour in the word and ‘prayer’, and we find faith. Our reward is to shine like the stars among men by the works of our faith in God. We are channels through which God broadcasts Himself to the world. There’s no greater honour!
My greatest inspiration as a teacher of God’s word, Charles Spurgeon once said, that if a man be as a ram’s horn, and with him his maker makes sweet sounds, that it shall be to that man’s gain, if he finds a way to make himself into a golden horn, that his maker may make more melodious sounds out of him. It is with you that the knowledge of the glory of the Lord covers the earth as the waters cover the sea. Ask! Seek! Knock! Seek Him with all your heart, for everything you find out about Him shall become real in your life if you receive them with faith. BE a witness!