I am intrigued by the second half of today's reading. Beginning with verse 7 where Paul talks about land that produces a crop useful to the farmer compared to land that produces thorns and thistles, is useless to the farmer, and ends up being burned. This metaphor is relating the land to our lives - more specifically, the way in which we live our lives. We all know that we are not saved by deeds or conduct, the only way we are saved is to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord, however, what we produce with our lives is the evidence or our faith. Someone who does not know us should be able to tell we are Christians by viewing the way we live our lives.
We can be doing many righteous deeds for the glory of God, but it is easy to get discouraged if we think God is not noticing. Verse 10 reminds us that God is always with us and always knows what we are doing. Just because in the present time we may not be receiving rewards or acclamations, this does not mean that God does not recognize our work. Verse 10 is meant to inspire all of us by reminding us that God loves us and has intimate knowledge of our actions. It helps me to remember this and helps to bolster me when I face disappointment or rejection here on earth. I hope it does the same for you.
Verses 11 and 12 remind us that this life is a marathon. As in a marathon, it is easy to start but hard to finish. Like an athlete, a Christian should be motivated to train hard and to run the race well by the reward that lies ahead.
Wishing you much success in your walk with Christ,