In September 1997, newspapers in Wellington, New Zealand reported the story of rescue workers who worked heroically to save lives after a landslide. Officials honored the rescue workers at a luncheon. All of them got sick from food poisoning!
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus assured us that the rewards for serving him were genuine - even if the service were no more than a cup of cold water. We do not have to be concerned that our reward will backfire.
-Robert Shannon, Preaching May/June 1998