Gazing upon this sunset reminds of how incredibly faithful the God of the universe is. That Almighty God serves in giving to us each and everyday, and all of humanity reaps in its benefits, but for the most part take it all for granted, and yet, God continues to serve, to give, to provide.
Because God serves unconditionally it should prompt a desire in us to do all things for others to bring Him the glory, not the sole purpose of seeking a pat on the back per se, the praise of men. Quite frankly we don’t need to tell people we are serving them. We just need to serve them.
Just think how the world would be turned upside down if we just served without conditions. It simply becomes a sign of our confused values if we think we are losing something when we lose man’s praise. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Jesus tells us that man’s praise is short-lived and shallow (Matthew 6:2), but God himself will reward the things done in secret (Matthew 6:4). When we choose outward praise we trade the pleasure of vain, finite gratitude for a heavenly reward. When we train our hearts not to expect the “thank you,” it becomes all the sweeter. We can enjoy it without needing it. Our true reward is being stored up in heaven.
“So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:2-4)