“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” (New International Version, 1984, Matthew 25:23).
Sometimes it is hard for Christians to accept praise and recognition.
The passage in Matthew 6:1 comes to mind that clearly points to the displeasure God has with pride. Jesus Himself was speaking when Matthew wrote, “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”
Yet we are encouraged as Christians to share appreciation and thankfulness.
Paul expressed his appreciation to specific individuals who helped him when he wrote, “I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because they have supplied what was lacking from you. For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition” (1 Corinthians 16:17–18).
Which is it to be? To give recognition or not?
The answer is, it depends. It depends on the heart and motivation of the one giving and the one receiving. As it is with all things of God, the heart is the key to the matter. Two people can approach God in prayer and one will be heard and one will not (Luke 18:9-14). The attitude of the heart is the focus as Jesus stated in verse 14, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Our Spring Luncheon is approaching on Tuesday, May 14th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Petroleum Club, 100 N. Broadway, Oklahoma City (See box on back for details). OJPM has two awards that it gives out at this luncheon. The Spirit Award for a faithful supporter and the Sower Award for a faithful volunteer.
Jason Trice, CEO of Jasco Products, will received our Spirit Award and George Rennix, president of our OJPM Board of Directors and a long-time OJPM volunteer, will receive our Sower Award. These men have given and served with no desire for recognition and with humble hearts. We honor them to show our appreciation to them for putting their faith into action by serving our wonderful Savior.
This luncheon will be an application of what Paul wrote when he directed the early church to “therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
At this year’s luncheon the Joe Williams Endowment Fund will be launched with a seed gift of $25,000 already planted. Over the last few years OJPM has moved from reinforcing its financial foundation to expanding ministry across the state.
With the average cost of $6,000 per state-wide county, each $120,000 goal reached will endow a county. In addition to the state-wide county goals, reaching $4,000,000 in the endowment will fund our base ministry in Oklahoma County.
Join with me in regularly checking your own heart and motivation by spending time with God in His Word and making a list of all that you have to be thankful for.
Even today, wherever you are, if your heart is humble toward God, your ear can hear a soft and still voice say, “Well done!” When you hear appreciation from the Lord or anyone else just say, ‘thank you.”
Unleashing the captives,