In a day when everyone, it seems wants their name in lights or print, the idea of being an unheralded laborer for God goes down painfully. Yet, God’s true work is done without fanfare. For example, who ever heard of:
- Dorcas. At her funeral this quiet servant of God was exonerated for her “deeds of kindness and charity.” (Acts 9:36, 39) And what were her deeds? That of making underwear for others. UNDERWEAR! (Literally: “undergarments“)
- The little nondescript guy who saved a city. “There was a small city with few men it and a great king came to it, surrounded it, and constructed large siege works against it. But there was found in it a poor wise man and he delivered the city by his wisdom. Yet no one remembered that poor man.” (Ecclesiastes 9:14, 15)
God commands us to do His work without seeking recognition:
“When you do something for someone else, don‘t call attention to yourself… just do it — quietly and unobtrusively.” (Matthew 6:1, 2 – The Message Translation)
Even our private life of prayer with God is to go unnoticed:
“And when you come before God, don‘t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom!… Find a quiet, secluded place so you won‘t be tempted to role play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage… ” (Matthew 6:5, 6 — The Message Translation)
The true servants of God understand that God does not take kindly to sharing His glory:
“My glory I will not share with another.” (Isaiah 48:11)
That is precisely why the real work of God is done quietly and humbly, and most often without the notice or appreciation of others.
Such service may appear to be sacrificial, but God’s mature servants are aware that the true rewards will be handed out by Him in eternity. And for this they are willing to wait!