It was her first day at work, and the manager was carefully going over the responsibilities of being his secretary with her. After thoroughly explaining her tasks, he said, “Now I’d like to tell you a few things about myself so you will know what kind of person I am.”
He then began telling her about his college career - how he excelled in academics and athletics. He then started to talk about his accomplishments with the company, how he received one promotion after another and was rewarded with raises and bonuses. He spent a great amount of time bragging about himself.
Finally, in her frustration, she asked, “Tell me, sir, have you ever had a group photo taken of yourself?”
Many worry about being properly recognized for their position and status. We want others to know what we can do and how well we can do it - whether they are interested in us or not. We want others to look to us and stand in awe of our accomplishments.
However, Peter warns us to remember that it is God’s recognition that matters most. Human praise is one thing but God’s approval is really all that counts. In His own time, God will bless our efforts and honor our work. We must also remember that His recognition may not come in this lifetime. But, if we are faithful to Him and give Him the glory, He will surely reward us in heaven. And, that’s what matters most!
Prayer: Lord, whatever we do in life is because of Your gifts and grace. Our talents and skills, abilities and strength come to us to give back to You in serving others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: 1 Peter 5:6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.