It's not that we want the recognition; it's that it would be nice to be appreciated. Yet, we've lost perspective. Any job, whether we get paid for it or not, demonstrates our character, efficiency, and intentions. What are yours?
Do you love the Lord?
Are you hard working?
Do you have a servant's heart?
Are you humble?
Are you willing to continue serving if you never get recognized or hardly thanked?
Do you have a good attitude about it?
Are you resentful?
Are you doing your job halfheartedly?
Do you want people to know all the wonderful things you do?
Do you complain often?
Are you seeking admiration from others?
Do you seek approval from others, other than God?
We're not doing anything outside of our Christian nature when we work; we are to give our very best as if we were working for the Lord, not man.
We're not to work out of selfish ambition, seeking only to get ahead. We work to walk in God's will, thanking Him both for opened and closed doors that are giving way to His will.
We must also consider the question: Why do we seek recognition? Are we dealing with past rejection, seeking others' approval to redeem us? If so, the issue goes much deeper than feeling unappreciated. We are dealing with a wound; a heart issue. It must be dealt with- not buried, ignored, or denied.
The King of the universe was a servant King as He walked the earth. Fully aware of His own majesty and power, He chose to humbly wash feet, cook fish, and die in our place. It was certainly not for comfort. It was love. It was commitment to His purpose and our Father's will.
Rather than seeking recognition, let us look forward to the fruit God will produce through our service. Lasting fruit will be more rewarding than a few moments of human praise that will soon be forgotten.
Serve. Serve well. God sees your labor and intentions. The fruit will come and it is sweet!
"Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ." -Colossians 3:23-24