Lifelong service award ~ Is your name on a plaque?
Looking at the front page of my local paper today, the words “Algonac Couple Honored for Lifelong Service ~ Citizen of the Year.” We are very fortunate to have them in our community. Many projects would not have taken place if not for their sacrifice. Then I began contemplating my life, what I had done in my community. I must say, I felt rather ashamed of myself. Having taken on the name of a Christ – Christian, was I following in Christ’s service? It struck home. Will my name someday be there? Is God only concerned with the noticeable works of service to our community? Will there be a reward when Christ returns, such as on the front page of my newspaper? For a few seconds, I began to think maybe this could be a measure of my service.
Then verses came to mind to comfort me and encourage me, and I hope they will do the same for you. The fact is, you and I will probably never receive a plaque, but your name will be in the Book of Life. Here is what God considers worthy of reward:
Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms (giving of service) before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 6:2 Therefore when thou do your alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
Matthew 6:3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
Matthew 6:4 That your alms may be in secret: and thy Father which see in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
So, here God is saying to me that the plaque they had been awarded was no measure of my service in the eyes of God, but that God has a plaque in the form becoming like our Father in heaven.
Alms can be physical, items people need that you can supply, such as in Paul’s day, the church experienced severe need. Working at a food shelter would be wonderful way if you can spare a few hours.
You could even give to those in need baking an extra loaf of bread or extra casserole to freeze for someone who falls ill, so that you would be ready to serve.
It can mean buying an extra hat or pair of mittens alongside your own to donate to the women’s shelter, etc. They may seem minuscule and not much, but together as a body of Christ, we can do great works, just as the New Testament church did.
Acts 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common. Also, see I Cor 16:1-5.
There are many ways to serve in this way, which men do not see — but God does!
Alms can be or spiritual, such as praying for those who are afflicted or spiritually are in need. It may be listening intently to someone who needs an ear during their trials. It could be calling a shut-in during the week to see how they’re doing. Perhaps it is sending a card to those who are dealing with sore difficulties in their life. These alms God is well pleased. Above all, it has to come from the heart.
Luke 21:2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.
Luke 21:3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:
Luke 21:4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
This brings to mind some billionaires whom you read about who have given millions of dollars to charity. Although, this is a great service, I am not impressed with their giving just on numbers alone. The widow’s mite is more even than these, because it was all that she had.
The reward God has is not just with Him on His return. He provides for those widows who pray for those in need.
1Timothy 5:5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusts in God, and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.
I hope that this post encouraged you ladies to continue with the service you give to God and to continue to be God’s arms, legs, and mouth in taking care of His children for our citizenship award in heaven.
Philippians 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.