Thought for the Day #316
ONLY UNTO GOD
23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men; 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
Everyone wants to be appreciated. In most cases, a simple "Thank you" would be quite sufficient. The simple comment "Good job" would be very encouraging.
I'm sure that many times we fail to express our appreciation one for the other. This is an oversight that we should try to avoid. Hopefully this insensitivity is due to the preoccupation or pressures of the moment.
If you feel unappreciated by men for the effort you put forth in the name of the Lord, or perhaps, the ordinary responsibilities of work that you've done for an employer or friend, let God's loving grace comfort your heart.
God watches over us. He is very interested in what we do and how we perform the duties of life. He keeps a very accurate record of our faithfulness and actions toward others, how we perform our work, and the attitude with which we do it.
When our carnal flesh begins to feel unappreciated, and we think no one cares, we must remember that we do everything to the glory of God and for his purpose.
Even the ordinary responsibilities of everyday life bring glory to God when we perform them diligently.
Commit the activities of your day unto God, early in the morning, before you begin the day. It does not matter whether you're work is of a tangible or spiritual nature. You will find that everything will be easier, your heart will be lighter and satisfaction will fill your soul, when you do everything as unto the Lord.
Remember! The rewards in this life are very temporary. The reward we receive from God is eternal. He never forgets his own.
Oh, Lord God in Heaven, I am guilty of feeling sorry for myself and resent those who seem to be unappreciative of my efforts. I feel wounded and hurt because of their indifference. I know this is wrong. Please forgive me. Help me to remember that I am really serving you. I want to labor in your Kingdom without complaining. I know that your reward is greater than I could ever imagine. I thank you, as I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.