There is good reason why this is called a “dung beetle” as these little guys feed on feces! They can be seen rolling balls of it bigger than themselves. They will roll it long distances to bury them for the eggs they will hatch. Seeing one of these struggling uphill reminds me of the Greek mythological figure, Sisyphus. His punishment in Hades was to roll a large boulder uphill. At the summit it would repeatedly roll back down so that the struggle begins again.
Today’s verse is an encouragement to keep on keeping on! God sees and takes note of every work done to help other believers. These good works are in response to the needs around us. But they are done with a motivation that is pure and unsullied. They are done to show the Lord how much we love Him. Believers are to be diligent (verse 11) and not give in to the temptation of letting go (verse 12). These verses remind us that there is reward for our diligence (verse 12).
It can be discouraging to feel that we are not seeing any result for our work. It can feel like pushing that boulder uphill. But God is not unjust. He sees and remembers each and every act of service I do out of love for Him. It may not be recognized or appreciated here. Regardless of people’s response, my motivation is to please and honor Him out of my love for Him. Meeting the needs of others is a concrete way I can show the Lord my love.
Thank you Lord that You see, You remember, and You reward.