#5476 – Without Recognition

Good morning people who do not serve God’s purpose in order to be seen.

Luke 10:1 NIV After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.

The Bible tells us who the twelve disciples were, but it does not tell us the names of the seventy-two who Jesus sent out in this verse above.

We know the names of the eleven disciples who were in the upper room in Acts 2, but we do not know the names of the other one hundred and nine who were present.

Some people are recognised for who they are and what they do, some are not. And yet they faithfully served the purpose of God anyway.

Some of the men and women of God who lived by faith were mentioned by name in Hebrews 11, and then there was a long list whose life of faith was stated according to their deeds, but yet with no mention of their name.

Jesus makes these statements very plainly in the Book of Matthew:

Matthew 6:1 NIV “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 6:5 NIV “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”

Being recognised shouldn’t ever be our motivation. Honouring God and obeying Him should be the reason we do what He tells us to do.