“Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Matthew 25:21).
Not only are these words spoken to Christ's children who have passed on to be with Him, but they are also spoken for those that serve Him in this world, but are not recognized for their service. They are spoken for those who quietly work for Him faithfully, who face trials and suffering without announcing their plight, and share His love wherever it is needed without needing recognition.
Whatever suffering I quietly face–whatever I do in His name without notice, I will serve Him without the need of earthly recognition. My suffering or circumstance will spur me to serve, and His joy will come, not as a reward of what I have done, but as a reward of my heart given away in spite of my own pain.