The Eccentric Sheep Musings: For Those Working In The Shadows
Attention for something good you did is awesome isn’t it? It’s hard at times to resist that desire for the spotlight so you can be adored and admired for something you did well. Sometimes we just like to know people appreciate what we do and get a little applause and praise for a job well done. I know when it comes to bands, getting noticed by them for something one created that was inspired by them or noticed for something one worked hard on to get the word out on their music can feel like a big accomplishment. It’s like getting that share, like, or retweet from your favorite band after working hard on something becomes the pinnacle of the entire experience doesn’t it?
The problem comes when we are working to serve God and help those around us; this is when attention and adoration isn’t supposed to be what we are seeking. That isn’t supposed to be the peak of our hard work and why we do what we do. In fact it is suppose to be quite opposite, and praise for our work by the world should be the last thing we are looking for.
Matthew 6:2-4 “2 “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 honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Maybe what God is asking of you is not something that will be noticed by many people or even noticed at all. Maybe the task he has reserved for you seems like a background task full of hard work with a lack of praise or cheers from those around you. Maybe you won’t be on the stage at all and away from the spotlight completely.
Seeking attention as your primary goal won’t get you very far, and when Jesus says that is your reward in full, that is really all you will get if you seek attention for yourself first when working for the Kingdom of God. Attention and admiration from others is fleeting and temporary because people’s focus moves from one thing to another very quickly. You will be forgotten in a blink for something you worked tirelessly on. And what will you do when that brief time in the spotlight is over? What will you do when you have received that reward in full from a world that consists entirely of what does not last? There is no heavenly reward when you seek yourself first.
Maybe it seems like no one cares about what you do for God when you are serving him in the way he planned for you to all along. However, sometimes the little things we do though they seem small and unnoticeable…sometimes those small things we do for people can mean the world to that one person. A small token of love you show to someone can potentially change their life. You can impact a life forever with simple words and actions that maybe no one else on the entire planet is even aware of. Is changing that one life forever worth doing something amazing for them even if your deed never reaches the ears or eyes of another person?
Maybe no other human on earth knows your deeds. So maybe you won’t get that attention you want. There is one that sees all though, and that is God. You don’t have to seek to be noticed by the world because God will always see your amazing work you do for his kingdom, even when no one else knows about it.
Ephesians 2:10 “10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
So don’t worry about getting noticed or receiving special attention and praise for what you do to serve our father in Heaven. There are many ways you can lift up and encourage your brother and sisters that though it may feel like you work in the shadows, you are actually doing the noble task of keeping them in the light and bringing new souls into the arms of Christ forever. And that my friend is much more rewarding than the chasing of fame and attention.