Do you ever feel like your work goes unnoticed?
- You do your best
- You try to make a difference
- You go above and beyond
And yet all of your efforts seem almost wasted. You feel like just a number to your company, another cog in the wheel.
Does anyone even notice your hard work, your sacrifice, your contribution?
Yes! God notices. God sees your work.
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“I know”, you say, “God sees everything. But it’s not the same.”
No it’s not the same. And by the time you’ve finished reading this, you’ll be glad it isn’t.
God not just sees, He cares. He wholeheartedly cares about every task you do, every thought you have, every care and concern that no one else sees. So whether you are being ignored, unnoticed, or even treated unfairly, God sees and God cares.
Let’s look at a few women in scripture that God saw and cared about even when no one else did.
Hagar, the Egyptian servant. (Genesis 16)
Hagar is often overlooked and underrated. But take a closer look at her, what she endured and how she overcame. Hagar was Egyptian, but she was the servant girl to Abram and Sarai. She was taken from her home, or sold, or bartered in order to spend the rest of her life serving another family. She didn’t have a choice in the matter.
Next, she is offered to Abram to become a baby maker when her mistress, Sarai, is unable to have children. Hagar is forced to become her mater’s second wife in order to have his child. She didn’t have a say in that matter either.
Then she is treated harshly by Sarai after she becomes pregnant. Her only was out of this unbearable treatment was to run away. As Hagar was running away, God spoke to her to tell her to go back and be an obedient servant to Sarai. How does Hagar respond? She says, “You are the God who sees me.”
God noticed all that Hagar has been through in her life. God notices her work, her plight, and her pain. God knows that Hagar had been mistreated in her life, and He wanted her to know that He notices, He sees, He cares.
Have you ever been mistreated at work? Ever been treated unfairly? Or even harshly?
God sees and God cares.
The Widow who helped Elijah (1 Kings 17:7-16)
This woman doesn’t get her name mentioned. Her story only lasts for a few paragraphs, but she was noticed by God. A widow who had no man to support her would’ve struggled to survive. In the time of famine where we find her, no one has stepped up to help her. She is down to her last bit of flour & oil. Her resources have run out, she has nothing left.
But when Elijah came and asked for food, she gave it. She showed kindness, when no one was showing kindness to her. She helped Elijah with what little she had when no one had stepped up to help her. God saw her need, and he saw her kindness.
As a result of her kindness, both she and Elijah survived the famine. God performed a miracle so that her oil and flour lasted until the time food could be grown again.
Are you willing to be kind at work when no one is kind to you? Are you open to giving without expecting anything in return? If you are, God sees and God cares.
The “Certain Women” who supported Jesus (Luke 8:1-3)
Some of these women are named, some are not, but their impact is still felt by us today. They financially supported Jesus and his disciples as they traveled around sharing the good news. To understand the magnitude of this, you would need to know that women in those days didn’t have much pull in the world, and they rarely have their own resources.
What these “certain women” did have, they were willing to give it to God. They used what resources they had and God noticed. They didn’t hold back, but gave freely. They don’t all get named and there are only four verses to commemorate their sacrifice, but you are reading about it today because they didn’t withhold from God.
Do you give all at your work? Are you willing to give God your resources: time, talents, and treasure to whatever God has called you to do at your workplace calling? If you do, God sees, and God cares.
The great thing about doing your work for the Lord is that it doesn’t matter if no one else notices, it only matters that God sees and God cares.
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When our work becomes a workplace calling, we are now doing God’s work within our workplace.
- His is the only approval we need.
- His is the only recognition we seek.
- His is the only opinion that matters
So as you go through this work day, this work week and you are feeling undervalued and under-appreciated stop and acknowledge that God sees, and God cares, and that is all that matters.
How about you?
How do you deal with having your work go unnoticed?
How will knowing that God sees your efforts affect how you work?
Share your story of God seeing you.