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. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:3-4 (NIV)
I see everything that you do. Nothing falls outside my notice. You don’t need to jump up and down or make a big show to secure my attention. I am watching over your life. You are my child. My hand is on you. I am guiding you to where I want you to go to do what I am asking you to do. I have a purpose and a plan for your life. Your future is in my hands. I have good works designed for you to do. How does all this sound to you? It sounds great. It will be my pleasure to do your will. I have great peace in knowing that you have designed ways for me to serve you. I want to serve you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do all that you ask of me. That is very good.
I want you to remember that you are serving me. How could I forget? I’m not sure what point you are making. All that you do for others in this life you will be doing for me. Do you know why it is important for you to hold on to that thought? No, I’m not really sure. Let me ask you a few questions. Go ahead. Has anyone ever asked too much of you? Has anyone ever asked you to give more than you wanted to give? Has anyone placed requests for your time, talent and resources that were beyond what you were willing to give? Have you ever had the overwhelming desire to be comfortable rather than inconvenienced? You know the answer to your questions. Yes, I have placed a limit on what I was willing to give. I don’t expect that you will say yes to every request that comes your way. I do expect that you will carefully consider if the request for help comes from me. Will you confer with me about every request for help that comes your way? Yes Lord, I will. Good, then you will know what I am asking you to do for me. There is another very important point I want to make. What’s that? You are not working for applause and recognition from the world. Remember you are serving me. I will ask you to do many things quietly in ways that will go unnoticed. Don’t seek rewards and acknowledgement from the world. I will applaud all your efforts. I will see all that you have done for me. Your reward for all that you have done for me in this life will be given to you when you join me in heaven. Can you wait? I can hardly wait, but I will. It will be my pleasure to do whatever you ask of me. I will always remember that I am serving you. That will be very good.
Heavenly Father, I don’t need to give to the needy so others can see my good deeds. I don’t need recognition from mankind. I want to serve you. That’s enough for me. Thank you, that one day you will reward me for doing what I have done in secret for you. Amen
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