Appreciation

“God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.”  (Hebrews 6:10)

All of us have or we will experience not being appreciated.  It’s challenging to labor long and hard helping people without a word or gesture of appreciation.  The author above gives us a beautiful word that we can share with unappreciated servants of the Lord.  That word is simply that we can know we are always appreciated.

Our Lord instructed us that we are to work our righteous acts in secret.  We are to give in such a way that one hand does not know what the other hand is giving.  We are to pray and fast in a closet or in private knowing that our Father in heaven sees and knows everything we pray and do (Matthew 6).

In the same spirit through Moses God said “Walk before Me!” (Genesis 17:1) It can bring spiritually profitable perspective into our daily walk if we will hold on to the perspective that everything we do is done before and as unto our God.  The author quoted above is reminding us we are always appreciated when we look up and walk before our God.

When I was in my early twenties and beginning my ministry I met a lovely elderly couple who had spent 48 years in China.  As I visited them in charity housing, in so far as I could tell they had been shown no appreciation whatsoever for their wonderful work in China.  When I asked them how they could bear that their answer was: “You have to know Who you’re doing it for.”

Walk before God as you do your work – and when you need some appreciation.

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