Thursday, December 17, 2009

Be like Dew

"They will be like dew sent by the Lord." Micah 5:7

"Is there not in this simile, a suggestion as to the way we should seek to do good in this world? Should we not wish to have our influence felt-while no one thinks of us; rather than that we should be seen and heard and praised? Should we not be willing to lose ourselves in the service of self-forgetful love, as the dew loses itself in the bosom of the rose-caring only that other lives shall be sweeter, happier, and holier-and not that honor shall come to us? We are too anxious, some of us, that our names shall be written in large letters on the things we do, even on what we do for our Master; and are not willing to sink ourselves out of sight--and let Him alone have the praise.

Our Lord's teaching on the subject is very plain. He says: '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. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.' That is, they have that which they seek-the applause of men.

Are we content to have our lives poured out like the dew-to bless the world and make it more fruitful-and yet remain hidden away ourselves? Is it enough for us to see the fruits of our toil and sacrifice-in others' spiritual growth, and deeper happiness; yet never hear our names spoken in praise or honor-perhaps even hearing others praised for things we have done?

If you go about doing good in simple ways, in gentle kindnesses, not thinking of reward, not dreaming of praise, not hoping for any return-you are enshrining your name where it will have immortal honor! Our lesson teaches us that this is the way we are to live-if we are followers of Christ!" (J.R. Miller, "The Beauty of Quietness" provide by Grace Gems)

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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