Serving God Quietly
Posted: Saturday, January 7
Verse of the day:
“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. (Matthew 6:1-2)
Jesus wants to challenge us to a greater righteousness as expressed in our relationship with other people. He wants us to remember the key relationship at the center of our being—our relationship with the Father. In many ways, Paul mirrored Jesus' teaching here when he wrote 1 Corinthians 13—teaching us the true meaning of love and how to communicate it.
Our ministry, our worship, and our lives must have God at the center. They should be motivated out of a love for God. What we do, we do because it is what Jesus would do. Even as we do it, it must convey that love Paul spoke of. Our acts of worship and kindness are not meant to impress others. But they are to honor the heart and character of God as those attributes, (His attributes), are reflected through us—through our lives and actions to and for others.
If we honor him, we can be sure he will not forget our works and kindness—in fact just the opposite is true—He rewards us openly when we operate quietly on His behalf. But if we do what we do to be seen by others, that's all the reward we're ever going to get—sad when you think of how much more God has in store for those who operate in His name, not their our own.
So today, and from this day forward, we should ask God to help us find effective ways to minister to others, in ways that will bring them closer to His love—allowing us, and them, to reflect His glory.