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Someone Is Watching

By Don Loftis | 02.29.12

Once an elderly gentleman became too ill to take care of his affairs and was placed in a nursing facility.  His neighbor, Harold, began mowing the yard every week.  The homeowner never knew who cut it.  None of the other neighbors ever gave it a thought.  The local newspaper never came to do a story about the ongoing generosity.  Even Harold’s family was unaware of his service.  However, his deeds were not completely anonymous, because the Lord took note of each act.

We certainly want to be respected and loved by others, as we serve.  We want to set a good example for others to behold and emulate.  Yet, the great reality is that God sees it all.  Jesus describes His Father as the “One who sees in secret” (Mt. 6:4, 6, 18).  If Jesus took note of a widow dropping two mites into the collection, He certainly will notice the acts of service that His children render to others.

Paul told First Century slaves (Col. 3:23-24), “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men; knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”  Maybe that explains why 25 year-old Phoebe did what she did.  While filing some tax forms for her boss, she noticed an error and corrected it.  He was furious, because it cost him $578.  Her husband cursed her for risking her good job.  A  family friend who had helped her get the position warned her never to do that again.  Yet, in the midst of their disapproval, Phoebe knew that God was watching and that He was pleased — yes, very pleased.



One Response to “Someone Is Watching”

  1. mickey says:

    my mother always told me…no one needs to know but God.

    thank you


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