We all have been at a point in our life when we’ve wanted to be recognized. Too often, I have heard stories about people giving up or throwing in the towel. And a lot of those times, it was because they weren’t recognized or someone didn’t appreciate their work or effort.
I have a daughter who recently turned four and another daughter who is two. Lately, I have noticed them saying four words more often than before and those words are, “Look at me, Mommy!” My two year old says those words when she wants me to see her lifting one foot and balancing on the other, when she “draws” something (in toddler world, scribbling), or when she’s eating veggies and fruits (because her older sister does not). My four year old says those exact same words when she is cleaning something up or when she hears me compliment her younger sister (the competition is ongoing). Both these girls desire to be noticed or recognized whenever they accomplish something.
To us as parents or adults, it may seem silly for a child to think that eating fruits or veggies is an accomplishment but to them, it could mean the world when they are praised for something they do. When they are recognized, they feel like someone cares. They know that someone loves and appreciates them.
I work with children on a weekly basis at church who come from broken homes or homes that lack love and therefore, these children will do things just to get attention, even if it will get them in trouble. And some ministry workers have to be careful not to just shun them away but understand them and see that they may not come from an environment that glorifies God or even acknowledge who God is. These children, just like children who grow up in church must be shown the same love – the love of Jesus; it’s unconditional and it’s overflowing.
When thinking about this monthly word focus, three different types of people come to mind. Although they are quite different, I encourage you to read to the end to understand how they tie in with the monthly word focus of RECOGNITION.
- THE RECOGNIZED PERSON
As someone who is in ministry, we tend to do many things, even things that aren’t necessarily our field of interest. We understand the concept of “Be Available” or “Be Willing” or “Have a servant’s heart.” We acknowledge that serving the Lord isn’t something the majority would do. In fact, servants of Christ are part of the minority and many times go on without recognition. Sadly, there are Christians who have quit because they weren’t recognized. What those people failed to understand was serving Christ is a performance with One audience and that audience is the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not the pastor nor those whom you are serving, but Christ alone. A recognizable person is not the one who necessarily knows it all but the one who has a sincere heart to serve. Ephesians 6:7 reminds us, “With good will, doing service as to the Lord, and not to men;”
Not everyone will become a CEO of a company nor be one to go down into the Guinness Book of Records. You may not be someone famous but YOU CAN BE A SERVANT. And God delights in servanthood. If you feel like you have no talents or that you don’t excel in anything, remember that you can serve and most definitely excel in it.
2. THE RUINED PERSON
I have seen and heard of a good number of people, specifically Christians who didn’t finish their race. Somehow, they stumbled and fell and chose not to get back up. I have heard stories of people who were ruined by others and instead of being a victor, they became a victim to their circumstances or trials. Someone told me, “Hurt people, hurt people.” How true is this! Many times when we’re hurt, we resort to making sure that others also experience hurt. Can I share with you something that you may not expect? Yes, God surely delights and recognizes the person with a heart to serve but God sees you too.
God sees the broken pieces of your life.
He sees the hurt that you’ve experienced.
He knows what it feels like to be forsaken, to be spat upon, to have His father turn his back on Him because His father loved YOU so much that He would sacrifice HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON so that you, as broken and ruined as you may be, can find salvation – so that you, can find comfort and refuge.
Do you ever feel like you’re too bad for God to save; that you have done so much wrong in your life that God for sure couldn’t save you? Well Friend, Jesus is no respecter of persons. Your background, your failures, and your ruined life are nothing compared to how much He loves you. He is ready and willing to save all those that come to Him.
“There is no problem too big
God cannot solve it
There is no mountain too tall
God cannot move it
There is no storm too dark
God cannot calm it
There is no sorrow too deep
He cannot soothe it”
3. THE REDEEMED PERSON
Lastly, we’ve come to the Redeemed person. If you cannot relate to someone who is RECOGNIZED or someone who is RUINED, you can fall under the category of REDEEMED, starting today.
Every single person who does not know Christ as Saviour is in bondage to sin and the only way that you can be free is through the blood of Jesus Christ. As surprising as this may sound to some of you, it is true. There is nothing we can do (by our own strength, power, knowledge, or being) to redeem ourselves. We can be an advocate for positive living or being a good person but neither of these comes close to redeeming you. Every person on this earth is redeemable because of Jesus but not every one is redeemed.
“Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it, Redeemed by the BLOOD OF THE LAMB.
Redeemed through His infinite mercy, His child and forever I am.”
Each person has their share of trials and each person will experience happiness at some point in their life. But each person will also have a time when their life will end, when they will give an account for how they lived their life. This will be a time when you will be seen as someone who was redeemed or someone who chose not to be redeemed. The choice is up to you. However, I just want to remind you that you can be the most “ruined” person or the most “recognizable” person, but at the end of your life, can you be known as a “redeemed” person?
Until Next Time,
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