Your reward will be eternal

2015-06-24 06:00

MATTHEW 6:1-4 (NIV): “Be careful not to practise your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

“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 honoured 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.”

Reflection

There are reasons for “employee recognition” programmes. You know, sometimes you see a sign in the parking lot, “reserved for employee of the month”.

Such rewards are meant to lift morale, encourage workers to do their best, and acknowledge top performance.

But Christians also know there can be danger in such programmes. There is always a fine line between boasting and accurately reporting one’s performance.

Reporting makes us good stewards. But if we applaud ourselves, then that is the only reward we get.

Now, how empty is that?

As a Christian public servant, don’t be a hypocrite. Don’t boast to others and, if you win an award, don’t applaud yourself. If you are truly serving others for the sake of Christ, God knows it. Your reward will be forthcoming, and it will be eternal.

Winning an award can be an appropriate response to your good performance. But just do your Father’s business quietly. And don’t worry about who fills that reserved spot in the parking lot. You already have a special place reserved in heaven.

Today at work, do your Father’s business quietly.

Prayer;

Dear Lord, show me Your ways and Your heart. Help me do for others in Your name X for You and not for me. Thank You for my eternal reward. I am eternally grateful. In Your name, I pray. Amen

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