"Take care not to do your good deeds publicly or before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise you will have no reward [reserved for and awaiting you] with and from your Father Who is in heaven. Thus, whenever you give to the poor, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites in the synagogues and in the streets like to do, that they may be recognized and honored and praised by men. Truly I tell you, they have their reward in full already. But when you give to charity, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your deeds of charity may be in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you openly." (Matthew 6:1-4, Amplified)
The unchecked "do-gooder" and those operating with false motives is a detriment to the Holy Spirit. Those who do good things to be seen by men and want a "pat on the back" will receive no reward in Heaven. If we strive for anything, let us strive to do that which pleases God in accordance to our obedience to Him.
The "do-gooder" causes injury to both the leadership and the congregation. Leadership cannot wisely discern the heart and motives of the individual (nor do they want to) because the workhorse always says "yes" and the church needs people to step up into their rightful positions. However, what sometimes isn't recognized is that the do-gooder isn't interested in the well being of the leadership, nor are they interested in the well being of the congregation, they are not even interested in God's well-being and namesake. The "do-gooder" is interested in that one little sense of approval by man. That one little "pat on the back" in order to feel good about themselves, all the while missing what God truly has for them (even if seemingly it is something as simple as greeting a newcomer).
Now, with that being said, we as individuals in the congregation have a specific role we are to partake within the "family." We were never created to be benchwarmers on the pew. We were created to be an intrical moving part of the body. It is up to the individual to prayerfully consider what area they would serve in. It is pertinent that individuals get plugged into their passion otherwise, if out of alignment, the individual (along with the rest of the congregation) will be shaken and it will lead to disunity and discord. People must be plugged into their passion.
Often people are overwhelmed by too many things to do because there are so many telling them what they SHOULD do. One must determine how to appropriate their time according to how GOD says to appropriate time. Scripture gives us guidelines for God's proper order in prioritizing:
1). Your personal relationship with Jesus Christ
2). Your commitment to home and family
3). Your service to God through ministry and church involvement
Many get this confused. Quite often, that is when we hear the shocking news of the elder robbing the tithe, the pastor leaving his wife, or the Sunday school teacher who doesn't want anything to do with the church anymore.
People's motives and priorities are out of balance. In order for the church body to run as a well-oiled machine, church members must be aligned in their proper position. More importantly, this will allow for God to get the glory He deserves, not the "pat on the back" the do-gooder thinks they deserve.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .