Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Walk-on Wednesday - Never Forgotten - Martin Wiles

Welcome to Walk-on Wednesday. By Hump Day, we are struggling, but we believe a good devotion can strengthen us to finish the week strong. 

For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers. Hebrews 6:10 NLT

As an aspiring writer, I attended my first writer’s conference, sponsored by an organization for which I had been writing devotions.

Here’s my chance to hobnob with those who have pull in the writing world, I thought. I had been writing for several years and had always told myself I was doing this for God. Yet in the silence of some moments, I wondered if that was true. Could I accept it if I were never published? Goodness knows, I had received my share of rejection notices.

I quickly discovered the writing world was a dog-eat-dog world. One of the break-out sessions I chose was hosted by the co-founder and editor of the organization sponsoring the conference. Imagine my discouragement when he stood before the group and told us how much it costs a publishing company to publish a book and what our chances were for getting published.

It was decision time. With the bare facts before me, would I keep writing even if I was overlooked by everyone in the publishing world? Would it be enough to be rewarded only by God and never anyone else?

I was convicted. Jesus often cautioned the religious authorities about doing what they did for recognition. Rather, he—like the present writer--investigated my motivation. The effects of my writing—and anything else I do for God—will be quickly forgotten if I do it for praise from others. But if my service to God, in whatever form it takes, is done so others may see my good works and glorify the Father, then the effects will linger long after my eyes have closed in death.

Though we may face rejection and disappointment while on earth, God will never overlook what we do for him when it’s done with the right spirit.

Let the assurance of God’s love and recognition bolster you when you feel forgotten.

Prayer: Eternal God and Father, thank You for comforting us in those times when we feel overlooked and forgotten. 

Tweetable: Do you ever feel forgotten? 

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