It's all about Him anyway - not about you!
Recently at church I overheard a young man talking with one of our Associate Pastors about why he had not been singing in the choir lately. While I didn't hear all of the conversation, I heard enough and watched this young mans body language to know that he was upset because he had been missing for whatever reason and the Praise Leader had not come to ask him about why he was gone or encourage him to come back. The Pastor he was talking to told him that he should be singing for Jesus and not because of anyone else.
How true? It's all about Jesus! Not about us. If we are working in the ministry to be seen of people then the condition of our hearts need some work.
Why are you doing it? Who are you working for?
Are you teaching that Sunday school class to get praises from the parents of the children you are shepherding? Are you singing in the choir so that the entire congregation will see you up front and know what a splendid voice you have?
Let's take this a step further. Why are you going to church? Because your parents did? Or because you have been taught it's what you are supposed to do?
Colossians 1:16 says we were created for God. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
Because we were created by Him and for Him maybe we should do what
Colossians 3:23-24 says Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Don't get me wrong, I know what this young man is feeling. I am not proud to say this but I have in the past been right where he is now. Feeling hurt because someone didn't notice all the work I had done. But the Bible reminds us in these passages that we should not be doing it for the praises of men or to be seen but we should do everything, (not just at church) EVERYTHING as if we are working for the Lord. The verse says Whatever you do and this includes your marriage, how you raise your children, your housework and your job if you work outside of the home.
Are you working for the Lord?