This morning I was replying to a board members email for the Congo project (Redefined Ministries International). As I wrote I found myself struck by a range of thoughts including: pride in the hard working individuals on the ground and sorrow for them that more people do not know what they are achieving. I found myself wishing I was better (ie not terrible) at promotional work to bring them recognition, and fundraising to bring them resources. I found myself wishing I was business-minded so that I could have personal finance to throw into the project. And then God placed Matthew 6:1-4 into my heart for our ground crew:
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
The best rewards come not from human acknowledgement, but from our heavenly Father. It can be hard not receiving acknowledgement for our own works, but often it is harder watching deserving people and projects around us go unnoticed. At such times, let us bring them before our Father. Let us hold them and their needs before him in prayer. Let us trust God to provide for them and may we be encouraged knowing He will reward them with treasure that will not perish.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21).