We all know it’s good to serve. In fact, we’ve been saved to serve. But truth be told, service can be a little bit discouraging when we are giving our all and no one seems to even acknowledge our effort. Inasmuch as we do not do things for people to affirm us, but receiving a ‘thank you‘ or ‘well done’ does not hurt. It shows that we are being acknowledge and appreciated and it gives us the fuel to do more. I am by no means saying we should do things for others to thank us. I’m just saying that just as Jesus Christ was disappointed with the fact that the other 9 lepers didn’t even acknowledge their healer, so also it can be for us when we feel unappreciated.
You might be sacrificing your time in church and sometimes feel like giving up because of lack of gratitude from your church community.
You might be the one who does things in the background and whose name is never mentioned during award because you are not seen on stage.
You might be the one who is always there to give a listening ear and never gets a thank you off people.
You might be the one who tidy up the church before and after service and no one even notices that a robot isn’t the one doing the task.
How about the office? Maybe you are the one who clears up people’s mess. Always available for the odd jobs even when you don’t get paid extra. Always there in time and leaves late because you want to ensure everything is running smoothly.
It could be that in your marriage, you feel undervalued. Maybe you are not appreciated by your spouse. It could even be that your children don’t see the big deal in what you do. Or maybe you are the child whose parent never tells ‘thank you‘.
Sometimes when we find ourselves in these situations, it can be very easy to give up. We might begin to question the need for going the extra mile for people who do not even value us. You might feel that there is no need to continue helping that neighbour who has never reciprocated. ‘Well let me prove to them that i can be mean if i want to. Besides people never know what they have until they loose it’. I definitely know this feeling and if you can relate, you will find the next part of this post very helpful.
“For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.” Hebrews 6:10
God is not unjust! Yes let that sink in! He sees. He feels. He hears.
It’s easy to get discouraged, thinking that God has forgotten us. But God is never unjust. He never forgets or overlook our hard work for Him. Presently you may not be receiving rewards and affirmations, but God knows and sees your efforts of love. Let God’s love for you and His intimate knowledge of your service for Him bolster you as you face disappointment and ingratitude here on earth. Don’t stop doing good because God affirms you service. He is telling you well done! He takes record of what we do and in due time, we will be rewarded.
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9
The goal is for Him not just to give us affirmation now but for us to all end well. In the end He is going to say, “….‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ Matthew 25:23