“Silence and solitude reveal your fears and frustrations for you to move beyond dark places into the light of love, joy, and thanksgiving.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 12, 2022
Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
You may feel unnoticed for the little things you do every day to bless your family, friends, or work associates. Small acts of service…washing, drying, cooking, cleaning, mowing, repairing. Domestic duties you quietly do with a joyful attitude of doing your part to support your family. Yet…a little bit of appreciation for your tireless service would go a long way for you to serve another day. Or, at work, you are the first to take on new projects or be responsible for jobs others seek to avoid. You’ve grown exhausted by exerting tons of energy, but feel taken advantage of for your goodwill. Fortunately, God notices…as you do all you do for His glory.
What does it look like to live faithfully unnoticed by people, but noticed by God? Oswald Chambers explains how your total surrender to God gives you a need and desire to only be noticed by Him: “To be utterly unnoticeable requires God’s Spirit in us making us absolutely humanly His. The true test of a saint’s life is not successfulness but faithfulness on the human level of life. We tend to set up success in Christian work as our purpose, but our purpose should be to display the glory of God in human life, to live a life “hidden with Christ in God” in our everyday human conditions (Colossians 3:3). Our human relationships are the very conditions in which the ideal life of God should be exhibited.” God notices and defines success as faithfulness!
“If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches”? (Luke 16:11, ESV).
Jesus modeled the way of unnoticed living as He came to serve…not to be served. Under the radar…just seeking the applause of the Almighty is freeing to a life in need of affirmation. Your deeds done for God’s glory may go unnoticed on earth, but not in heaven. When your life and service nudge another soul toward salvation in Jesus…heaven rejoices…as a noisy world fails to take notice. Your smile, your kind word, your forgiving spirit, your grateful attitude, and your generous spirit are all seeds planted in the Kingdom of God. Sowing, planting, and nurturing gospel seeds may go unnoticed, quietly embedded in the soil of a soul calmed by Christ. But God knows! Stay faithful as you labor in the vineyard for the Lord and you will reap in His timing!
Most importantly, nurture your unnoticed time with the Lord. Unseen silence and solitude reveal your fears and frustrations for you to move beyond dark places into the light of love, joy, and thanksgiving. Daily deposits of silence and solitude go unnoticed by a hurried world looking for meaning in a life meandering about from one experience to another…only to be noticeably dissatisfied and empty. In contrast, a faith-focused life finds life in quiet and calm places. The glory of God is revealed as you revel in His presence…seen and accepted as His beloved child. Your heavenly Father notices you…always…He remembers, He rewards and He romances you. Stay surrendered in the presence of perfect love…who notices you…all you need, and much more.
“The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God” (Psalm 14:2).
Heavenly Father, though I sometimes seem unnoticed in life, I’m grateful you take notice of me and my every need, through Christ’s love, and in Jesus’ name, amen.
What need for human recognition do I need to let go of and instead look into the Lord’s loving eyes of affirmation and approval?
Isaiah 60:2, 66:19; Luke 2:30; 1 Corinthians 2:9; 1 Peter 1:8; 1 John 1:1
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