Recognition. I’ve often thought what life would be like with out it. Would we still be motivated to do good? Would others jump to the battle line knowing their works would not be pointed out? Or would it cause others to work for the greater good and not for the need to be told they are doing good? Think to yourself… Why do you work?
The truth is there are people who are not motivated by recognition and others that thrive on it. Are they wrong to want it? I mean, how many times have you done a good work and wanted the person you were doing it for to at least notice? How bothered do you get when others don’t say thank you?
Often times I feel that Jesus has been in this position. Where he did something so great like give his life for us and not even a thank you has slipped out of our lips. We can argue well if I did not know..how could I have said thank you? True! but would he not of went to the cross if you wouldn't of recognized? His motivation to go to the cross was to show his undeniable love for us. Our response to this is: THANK YOU, but even when we don't thank him or recognize his love for us is immovable, unchangeable and unstoppable.
My ultimate point by this is Jesus died knowing recognition from those he loves might not be given, yet he was so eager to lay down his life for us. His motive was obedience and love. How does this change how we respond?
Our works should be motivated by love and obedience! It’s not bad to want to be recognized, but it shouldn't be the motive of our actions. If you weren't going to be recognized would you still do good? I encourage you this week to check the motive of your heart when acting. If you are recognized then great! but if you aren't continue with a joyful heart! Your work never goes unseen. The father sees you heart!
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people. Ephesians 6:7
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23
You are fiercely loved!