One can always tell when they are truly in the will of God when they are persecuted for doing what is right and not wrong, but great is your reward in heaven for doing what is pleasing in the sight of God. (Matthew 5:10-12). Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
No one sets out to serve Christ because there is a reward in it, but anyone who chooses to follow Him knows that persecution is part of the package and to endure is rewarding. What a wonderful reward was given the malefactor who hung next to Christ on the cross, as Jesus said he would be in paradise with Him that very day! (Luke 23:39-43). And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Our work is never in vain in the Lord, and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. The rewards of God can never be purchased in this life, but are given in peace of mind through a bad situation or seen in the miraculous times when we see the hand of God in our life. (Hebrews 11:6). But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.