Tuesday, March 4, 2014

When You Receive No Thanks

When you receive no thanks, you have two choices: 1) Disappointed, or 2)  Whatever, do it anyway.
Fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth” (Joshua 24:14, NASB)

Tom Hale, long-time missionary doctor to Nepal, says in his book Don’t Let the Goats Eat the Loquat Trees:

The concept of disinterested love is totally foreign to Nepalese because their primacy motive for good works is to acquire merit that will benefit them in the next life. Most of our patients have no sense of gratitude for our services; instead, they expect that we be grateful to them for providing us an opportunity to gain merit for ourselves. That is why ‘Thank you’ is so rarely heard in Nepal; in fact, the Nepali language has no word for it. It’s just as well. We wouldn’t last long here if we had come to receive thanks.”

If we only do good things for the sake of receiving thanks then we are going to be the most miserable men and women in the world. Instead of waiting and expecting people to give thanks – be sincere in your service toward others. “Sincerity,” writes Charles H. Spurgeon, “make the least man to be of more value than the most talented hypocrites.”

In sincerity, add obedience also. Helping others and serving the Lord because you love to obey Him. Do what is right even though nobody see and appreciates it. Be sure that God sees your good works and bless you for it. Psalms 84:11 declares: “The Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right” (NLT).

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