“So whenever you give to the poor and do acts of kindness, do not blow a trumpet before you [to advertise it], as the hypocrites do [like actors acting out a role] in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored and recognized and praised by men. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, they[already] have their reward in full. But when you give to the poor and do acts of kindness, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing [give in complete secrecy], so that your charitable acts will be done in secret; and your Father who sees[what is done] in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:1-4 The Holy Bible Amplified Version
We see it on TV all the time. There is an activity to support a local charity and the TV crew gets there, there is a swarm of folks wanting to get on TV to pump up their ego. How many times do folks go around bragging about their “ good deeds”?
I tell you true, as a matter of fact it is not I but Jehovah that tells you, that they recieve their rewards here and now.
It means nothing to Jehovah.
So, when you get to Heavens Gate and are bragging about all of your “good deeds” you have done, Christ will ask you one question: “Did you do them for your glory or for mine?” If it is for your glory they are worthless to Jesus.
“A spiritual man delights not to see himself honored, but to see his Lord promoted.” A. W. Tozer
Actually I hate being in the spotlight.
It is more appealing to just go along and help out where I can, when I can with no fan fare. There have been times when I was asked to go to reward dinners and refused. Everyone was shocked because I refused to receive any public recognition. If they only knew why.
I believe it is that way with all who serve Christ because we are humble . Because we are secure in who we are in Christ we tend to shy away from the spot light.
Don’t be discouraged when your work seem unnoticed. Man applauds for what’s in the spotlight, but God applauds the faithfulness that people often overlook. Heaven’s highlight reels will be full of those selfless acts of faith and service you thought nobody was noticing. Dave Willis
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah El Roi. You are the God who sees. For blessing me with numerous opportunities to exhibit Your love to others with my actions. It makes my heart dance for joy to know I have given pleasure to the one I love the most. I exalt You through He who showed His love for me by His sacrifice on the cross Jesus Christ. Amen
May your house be filled with joy in the morning and sweet dreams at night. May it be a home where love has come to live. Joseph a son of Jehovah