July 20, 2020
They Are Written !
appreciated for who we are and what we
do is a very precious thing. Whether we
acknowledge or deny it, it is there and
we want it. The question is, where will
we seek recognition?
Pharisees loved the praises of men more
than the praise of God – and got exactly
what they wanted. But nothing more!
Jesus concluded they had sold themselves
short, “They have their reward
[already]” (Matthew 6:5), and so had
nothing further to look forward to from
God. We should be different.
In seeking God’s recognition, we must
understand He often denies us men’s
approval, and may delay showing us His
approval, in some cases for a long time.
Years may pass before we hear, and
others sense, His “Well done!” spoken
over our life (Matthew 25:21, 23). But
we must realize, He never forgets
anything we do to please or serve Him.
Never! His angels record every worthy
work, every willing sacrifice, every
choice to patiently endure trying
people, every decision to persist in
serving Him in the calling He has
assigned us despite being unrewarded,
slandered, or ignored.
So whatever you may think, feel, or
dread about your unrecognized good
deeds, one thing is certain: they
Needing appreciation and recognition
innately, we all seek it, either from
God or from people. If the latter, we’re
often discouraged when we are overlooked
or puffed with pride when we are
recognized. If the former, however, we
may rest whatever our situation. Why?
all our good works in Christ are written
before Him. Two biblical characters,
Mordecai and Joseph, illustrate this.
Mordecai saved Xerxes from
assassination, “It was written…before
the king” (Esther 2:23)—but Mordecai was
neither recognized nor rewarded. Not
only so, his bitter adversary, Haman,
was soon afterwards promoted to high
office and honored! Mordecai very likely
felt unappreciated or written off. But
he was just the opposite: appreciated
and written! Angels had faithfully
recorded his good deed in heaven. Later
God prompted Xerxes to discover and
reward Mordecai at the most opportune
moment, when it brought a glorious
deliverance, tremendous encouragement,
and great blessings to not only him but
also all the Jews in Persia (6:1-10)!
hidden ministry of caring for,
exhorting, and interpreting the dreams
of Egypt’s most underappreciated ones –
prisoners – also seemed utterly
underappreciated and written off. Not a
living soul realized the dedication,
diligence, and excellence with which
Joseph served the king of Egypt’s
detainees for the King of heaven’s sake
(Genesis 40). But one day, in God’s
time, Joseph’s good works came to light.
And God’s time was the right time.
Pharaoh’s butler recalled Joseph’s
amazing gift of interpretation at the
very moment Pharaoh desperately needed
an interpreter (Genesis 41). As a
result, not only was Joseph saved, but
also all Egypt, many nations, and even
Joseph’s estranged family!
Most Christians, including ministers,
often feel forgotten. But God’s Word
says otherwise: “God is not
unrighteous to forget” (Hebrews 6:10).
All our good works are written in
heaven, so we can rest in Christ’s
recognition. He promises, “I know thy
works” (Revelation 3:8). What a comfort
this is! And how inspiring!
This very moment, while you feel
overlooked, underappreciated, and
written off, your every decision to
honor Christ is written before Him—and
reserved for recognition and reward in
His time and way (Psalm 9:18). And His
time will be the right time.
So, work on faithfully in your calling,
my friend, fully appreciated by Him – no
longer written off, but written!