For His Eyes Only
READ: Matthew 6:1-8,16-18
Your Father who sees in secret will reward you
openly. —Matthew 6:18
Typically, as we age we lose our prominence
and our positions of influence. Even those of us who have never sought the
limelight seem increasingly to fade into the shadows.
Obscurity and anonymity are good, however,
for it is difficult to perform in public without wondering what impression
we’re making on others. We fret over the extent that our reputations are being
enhanced or damaged. And therein lies our peril: To the degree that we seek
human recognition, we forfeit God’s approval. On the other hand, to lose the
admiration of men and women may turn us to seek God’s approval only.
Here is a test for our gifts, our prayers,
our fasts: Are they done for God’s eyes only? If so, though overlooked and
unnoticed by others, we have our Father’s acknowledgment and reward.
Three times Jesus repeated to His
disciples: “Your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly” (Matt.
6:4,6,18). This is our assurance as well. Every unobserved gift of time,
energy, and love; every petition we whisper in our Father’s ears; every secret,
inward struggle against sin and self-indulgence will be fully rewarded in due
time. In the end, His “Well done, good and faithful servant” is all that will
matter. (Matt. 25:21). —David H.
All service rendered to the Lord
Is sure to gain His rich reward;
And if we work with motives pure,
Our weakest efforts will endure. —D. De Haan
There is no reward from God to those who
seek it from men. —Spurgeon