“Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding. When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself . . . When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out” (Matthew 6:1–4 MSG).
The unseen matters. So much good happens daily that will never make the newspaper headlines or the evening news. It happens behind the scenes in homes, neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Many wars have been altered by the secret service of special operation units—soldiers whose names will remain anonymous. There are companies and organizations influencing the world on the backs of those hidden behind cubicles.
We all desire to be seen, heard, and celebrated. When what is accomplished goes unnoticed, it can be easy to belittle or devalue what you do. The desire to call attention to yourself can be tempting! Maybe you’re a stay-at-home mom who feels forgotten, always putting the needs of her children before her own. Maybe you’re a factory worker who gives their best every day, or a janitor who has the office spotless before anyone arrives. Perhaps you’re a pastor who faithfully serves his or her small congregation, a grandmother praying in private for her grandchildren, or a teacher hidden in a classroom, pouring into his students day in and day out. You make a difference!
God sees. God hears. God rewards.
“What you do in secret God will reward openly. When you live before an audience of One—God—nothing goes unnoticed. The Bible is clear: “Not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed and revealed to the eyes of Him with whom we have to give account” (Hebrews 4:13 AMP).
With the understanding that God sees all, consider what the apostle Paul wrote: “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ” (Colossians 3:23–24 NLT).
People may not see all that you do, but God does. How you behave privately, when no one is looking, matters most to God. As you do all things as unto Him, you can rest assured He will take note. The way you conduct yourself secretly reveals whether you can be trusted publicly.