Summary: Do you ever get tired or discouraged? Do you ever wonder what’s the point? Do you ever get tired of people rejecting your message? They aren’t rejecting you they are rejecting God. This message answers three common statements of discouragment and enco
II. No one Knows all that I do
Sometimes we might get discouraged because we do not feel that anybody knows or sees how hard we are trying.
a. We don’t need recognition
First, we do not need public recognition for the things that we do for the Lord. We are not serving the Lord so that we might have the praise of men. No you might not have the fame and the glory serving the Lord that you would anywhere else, but the benefits are out of this world. We do not need recognition.
Some things we do might be obvious to all people, but some thing may never be seen by anybody. There are many people who will never know the things that are done by people. No body will ever know how much time Don Maney has spent handling the church finances. No body will ever know how many hours others have spent working on the building. No body will ever know the late hours people have spent on the phone trying to talk to people about the Lord. No one will ever know the generous giving of some people in the church. Today, if you are discouraged because people do not know what all you do you are in the wrong place. No, no one will ever know how much money you gave to the church, no one may ever know the hours you gave up to help out around the church, but we do not seek praise from men. Recognition from men means nothing in the long run. I think it is important to give honor where honor is due and to recognize the servants that we have among us at times, but a lifetime may go by and no one will ever know the things you did. That does not mean that you are not valued or important to the Lord.
b. God sees all we do
We must realize that God sees all that we do both good and bad. I want to encourage you that though nobody may ever give you recognition here God sees your faithfulness. God sees and knows how much money and times you sacrifice and that will not come back void. God sees all that you do and you can be encouraged to know that you will be repaid and rewarded for what you have done. We do not need to seek praise from men, but we store up treasures in Heaven.
Be encouraged in this that you will be paid back for all that you have done in this life. You may be upset and feel that you deserve more, but a time will come when you will be able to say that it was well worth the time and effort of serving the Lord. Though man may not see all you do, God sees all and will reward you for all that you do.
III. I’m not being effective
Do you ever feel like you are not very effective? Do you ever feel that all your work for the Lord is in vain or that you not making any progress? I do sometimes. Its hard sometimes when you put a lot of effort into something and it seems to have no effect. Its hard when you try really hard to reach somebody, but you never seem to get your message across. Have you ever been there? I believe that there are a lot of people in the church feel that they are not effective. Let me first encourage you that effectiveness is not number based. Sure numbers are important and its important to reach as many people as possible, but we are called to be faithful not successful. We are called to try our best to reach people. Only so much of our success is up to us. There comes a time when other people have to choose for themselves. I know that its frustrating when you invest time in someone and you see no progress. I know it’s hard when you prepare diligently for a class and few show up or few seem to grasp the message.