It's Those Little Things - Part 3
Do you sometimes feel bad when you are not being recognised for the effort you contributed? Have you always desired to be in the limelight where people know you for the works that you have been doing?
Sometimes your heart's desire may be: “But no one is seeing my effort. I'm at the back where no one is looking at me.” You pull a long face. You get envious when you see other people getting recognition for the things they have done.
However, you need to realise that God recognises your effort. He looks above from heaven and will surely reward you for your obedience and faithfulness. No matter how big or small is the role that you are doing; God is looking at the heart. You may be serving in a ministry where you are being seen by people, but when you don't do it for God's favour and glory, the whole meaning of serving and glorification is lost. You are just serving for the sake of your own fame.
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Matthew 6:2-4 (NIV)
How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?
John 5:44 (NIV)
Do you do things so that man will praise you? Do you serve because you want to feel good about yourself when you found the favour of men alone? At the beginning, small responsibilities will be given to us because these are just the foundations of our attitude towards serving. When we learn to always glorify God in the small little things that we do, we will do the same when bigger responsibilities are handed over to us.
So take pride in those little things that you do. You be faithful with the small things, and you will see what God does as He opens up larger doors.