"Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free."
(Ephesians 6:8, NLT)
When I was a little girl, I would often ride my bike to the corner gas station. Sometimes mom would send me on an errand or sometimes I would just stop in for some pop (or a "coke" - as Texans often say it). Now, I typically would have to save up my pennies to get something I wanted, so to have enough money for that bubbly black stuff was a real treat. I must admit, my mouth often salivated as I went up and down that candy aisle but I knew I only had enough money for one thing.
One particular afternoon, on my frequent visit to the gas station, the owner said to me, "You can have whatever you want in the store. Pick one thing. Whatever you want." I was astonished. "Did he mean for free? Is this some sort of trick?", I thought. I was bashful. I didn't want to take anything. But he insisted. For the life of me, I couldn't fathom such a kind gesture so I asked him why. This was his response, "I see a lot of kids from the neighborhood come in and out of here and they always try to steal from me". He said, "I have kept my eye on you and not once have you ever tried stealing from me." My heart bubbled over. Quite honestly, I felt humbled. I didn't want to take anything. I was just doing the right thing. But I settled on the cheapest thing in the store...a piece of .05 cent bubble gum. I'm pretty sure I rode my bike with a smile on my face the whole way home.
Even now, I get choked up thinking about it. You see, it really wasn't about the bubble gum. It was the fact that the store owner took notice. I was by no means a perfect child, but I did do a lot of things right. Yet, no one seemed to take notice. Still, I always feared doing the wrong thing, even when I thought no one was watching. Maybe it was the fear of God (or the fear of mom), but either way, it didn't feel good to do the wrong thing.
As Christians, we ought to do the right thing, even when we think no one is watching. Truth be told, someone is always watching. The world watches to see if this "Jesus thing" is real. People stop to watch and see if Christians are real. As God's people, we are to always choose to do the right thing, no matter how difficult or painful it may be. We shouldn't do it to get recognition from man, but with sincerity of heart in obedience to Christ. After-all, we know we serve God, not men and the reward He carries with Him is a great one for those that choose to do good.
Maybe you are feeling discouraged today. Maybe you feel like you are always doing good and no one seems to notice. Maybe you think satisfying the flesh is "no big deal". I'm here to tell you, GOD notices. Don't steal a piece of .05 cent bubble gum in exchange for God's reward. It's not worth it. His reward is always greater. Just be patient. Give it some time. Your reward is coming!
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.