Hebrews 6:10 (KJV) “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”
Last week we discussed the possibility that Jesus may have been tempted to feel dismissed, devalued, and discouraged because it seemed that the more He did to make a positive difference in this world the less it seemed that “Anyone Noticed!” However, His Father took “notice,” and rewarded Him here on earth, and will reward Him in the world to come. We ended with the thought – “What about us?”
God has not changed! God will never change! He is NOT an Old Testament God Who transformed into the New Testament God. He is God! We should take great comfort in this fact.
God does NOT just “notice” when we do wrong – He also takes “notice” when we do right!
Jeremiah 17:10 (KJV) “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Emphasis Added).
I recall the time and place when the Lord spoke into my heart, “I care more about why a person does something than what a person does.” God was not saying He does not care about “what” a person does, He was pointing out that He takes “Notice” of the motive of every action, thought, and attitude.
In our Savior’s case, His motives were always pure; therefore, His actions, thoughts, and attitudes were always righteous. Therefore, the Holy Spirit prompted Paul to write, Philippians 2:5 (KJV) “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” (Emphasis Added).
The Psalmist was inspired to give insight into how God “Notices” humanity and the response we should have …
Psalm 139:23-24 (KJV) “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
God truly is more interested in “why” we do something than “what” we do. Such was the case with Asa when he chose to trust in an alliance with Syria instead of trusting in the Power of God. God sent Hanani, His prophet, to confront Asa concerning his actions.
2 Chronicles 16:9 (KJV) “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.”
Today’s Scripture reaffirms that “God is not unrighteous to forget…” – He “Notices” the why and the what! And, God rewards accordingly!
As we discussed earlier, Jesus received acclamation and affirmation from the Father in this world and will in the world to come. Jesus made the same promise to us…
Mark 10:29-30 (KJV) “And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life” (Emphasis Added).
God is Righteous; therefore, He does NOT forget our work and labor of love! He always “Notices” and rewards. Since we are all connected, our actions, thoughts, and attitudes will affect others. God taught us the principle of “Sowing and Reaping” – now, and in the world to come!
While we might not receive God’s direct acclamation and affirmation in this world, we will always receive it in the world to come. Nonetheless, when God “Notices,” His reward may come to those connected to us when they most need it. In this manner, we are twice blessed.
Such was the case with Jonathan and David in the Old Testament. You may recall the deep friendship between Jonathan and David. Jonathan loved David and was willing to protect David – even unto death. Jonathan died and never betrayed his friend.
After David ascended his throne, he remembered Jonathan. In other words, God “Noticed” Jonathan and prompted David to reward him. David inquired if there was anyone left in “Saul’s house” that he could show kindness to because of what Jonathan had done for him. He discovered that Jonathan had a crippled son by the name of Mephibosheth. David sent for Mephibosheth and took him into his house and placed him into a seat of honor at his table. You can read this wonderful story in 2 Samuel 9.
The Father “Noticed” what Jesus accomplished because everything He did was with the motive of pleasing His Father above His Own desires. He did not work to exalt Himself. We have been instructed to do the same – it guarantees that God will “Notice!”
Colossians 3:17 (KJV) “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Emphasis Mine).
I do not recall who wrote the following illustration, but it is an excellent example of the principle that “God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love.”
What Goes Around Comes Around
His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.
“I want to repay you,” said the nobleman. “You saved my son’s life.”
“No, I can’t accept payment for what I did,” the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hovel.
“Is that your son?” the nobleman asked.
“Yes,” the farmer replied proudly.
“I’ll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.” And that he did. Farmer Fleming’s son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.
Years afterward, the same nobleman’s son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia.
What saved his life this time? It was penicillin.
What was the name of the nobleman? It was Lord Randolph Churchill. His son’s name was Sir Winston Churchill.
Jesus heard His Father say, “This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” This acclamation and affirmation encouraged Him to be faithful and obedient – even all the way to Calvary. When we live in a manner that is pleasing to God, His Spirit will bear witness with our spirit that we belong to Him (Romans 8:16).
Does anyone notice? God does. He “Notices” now, and He will “Notice” in the world to come!
Revelation 22:12 (KJV) “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”