As we’re coming to the end of January and our season of fasting closes, we stand face-to-face with 2018 and the work that lies ahead. Today, Jamie (aka my husband/sweetheart) reminds us how to keep our focus on serving God throughout 2018 without looking for recognition. When the work is hard and the day is long, we often wish someone would say, “Good job.” Most of the time, the day-to-day sacrifices we make go unnoticed by those around us and this can lead to discouragement. However, there is Someone Who notices everything.
John 12:26(b) NKJV “If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”
Our service to the Lord Jesus Christ guarantees us honor, not the honor of men, but the honor of God the Father. Of course, when God honors us, often it comes in the form of “favor with men.” Luke 2:52 NKJV “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” However, whether we’re ever recognized and acknowledged by people or not, it really doesn’t matter, what matters the most is God’s recognition and acknowledgement of us.
Our service to Jesus is expressed in many different ways. We can’t even give a cup of water to a disciple and it not be recognized and rewarded, even something as “little and insignificant” as this in the eyes of the world, is seen as service to Jesus! Matthew 10:42 NKJV “And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”
So we should take courage today in whatever service and ministry we’re involved in for the sake of God’s Kingdom; our names may never appear in Charisma Magazine, we may never be invited to speak on TBN (Christian TV), we may never even receive recognition by other churches, but as long as what we’re doing is as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23 NKJV “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”), our Father in Heaven is taking note and one day, one way or another, He will honor us.
Also, this truth will encourage us to “not grow weary while doing good” (Galatians 6:9). When we realize it’s Jesus we’re serving, no matter how menial the task may seem, we’ll not give up because we know one day, one way or another, God will make sure we’re honored. And if it’s God who’s making sure we’re honored, we’ll truly be honored!
I believe this word will be a blessing and encouragement to you, not only now, but also in the days ahead, as you serve God in your area of the world.