Bitter Focus" post, a commenter scoffed at my suggestion that Jesus did not thank Martha for the effort she had put forth; calling my idea speculation, despite the fact that the text does not record any hint of Jesus being appreciative of Martha's self-sacrifice. That brought to my mind the fact that nowhere in Jesus' recorded life does He thank anyone other than God. So that got me thinking...
Would God thank you?
I'm not talking about on Judgement Day, when God is looking back over your life, would He say "thank you for your service to Me." I am just referring to the simple, polite, and congenial way in which you thank people for their efforts. If you, like Martha, opened your house up for God, would you expect Him to thank you? And I don't mean "expect" as in "God would owe it to you." Rather, I mean do you think that it is in God's nature that He would voluntarily offer up His thanks to you in appreciation for your effort.
The knee-jerk reaction is to think "Of course God would thank you! Don't be ridiculous!" However, there is very little support of this idea that I remember in the Bible. Maybe I am remembering wrong. Please feel free to help me out if I am in error here.
I know in the Scripture that God will bless you for obedience, and you will be Saved if you believe*, but there is nothing that suggests God would actually thank you.
This is important, because that little, tiny phrase can mean so much to us; often much more than our wages. We crave to be acknowledged personally for our efforts, beyond the impersonal blessings or compensation we may receive.
* Naturally, the debate still rages on regarding whether or not Salvation is through only belief, or if it also requires works.