Rewards are rather cool to get, don’t you agree? It’s nice to be recognized. And, it can be depressing to give of yourself or work especially hard and not receive recognition for your efforts. Granted you may get a nice paycheck, but I think if you are honest you can admit that if you receive nothing more than money, you may feel dissatisfied.
On the other hand, to work for the recognition of men is to lack proper perspective.
Jesus tells us that if we love to do things in the sight of men, primarily for their recognition, “[we] have received [our] reward in full.” (Matthew 6:5, NIV)
“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you have no reward from your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1)
“Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” (Matthew 6:3)
Think about that last comment by our Lord. Keep the ‘good’ you do so secret even you aren’t that aware. “Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, rewards you.” (Matthew 6:4)
Father God, thank You that You know the secrets of our hearts, both our successes and our failures and You ultimately are the only One we need to please. In Jesus’ Name, help us keep to the narrow path that leads to love and life. Amen!