Posted By Denise Miller Holmes on Monday
Savvy Article #0918
Poor, sad, drooly Pavlov’s dog. He lusted for rewards. All you had to do was ring a bell and the poor boy’s body called forth all manner of physical reaction, and his brain focused entirely on the next bite of food.
Didn’t that dog know his reward comes from God, not from food? Didn’t he understand, like Moses, that God rewards us when we obey, not man?
I have been Pavlov’s dog. Drool all over myself. Worse, I have been that mouse who hits the bar in his cage over and over to get a single hit of cocaine.
My cocaine? The hits, the readership, I get for my Examiner.com articles. God knows I don’t live for the pay.
Yes, I lived for hits until God knocked me sideways with a two-way slam. First, in the last two weeks, horror of horrors, the hit-report page at the Examiner has been malfunctioning! AAAHHHHH…..! So scary, you’d think I was watching Children of the Corn.
And then, as if that wasn’t painful enough, God sent me two missives of confrontation.
The first pain-producing communication was the Words for the Journey Devotional. This week’s devotion, written by the glorious Sharen Watson, slapped me on the forehead Sunday morning. Her main point? Writers use their gift to honor God in an act of worship.
Toolin’ on over to my friend’s, Jo’s, blog, the topic expanded to who are you working for? In a post entitled Word Study Wednesday: Work, she concludes:
“. . . , it’s considered an act of worship when I write for the Lord’s glory and not for mine. It doesn’t matter if zero people read my blog postings or if I ever become a published author, as long as I’m obedient to Him.” (italics mine)
What is wrong with God? Doesn’t He know He needs to let this go?
It is clear from Scripture that not only does God reward those who seek Him (Hebrews 11: 6) but that in order to get God’s reward, we are sometimes called to displease others. Here’s a condensed version of Hebrews 11:23-25:
“By faith Moses . . . refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing rather to endure ill-treatment . . . considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.” (NASB, bold mine)
I have to get my head wrapped around this. I purpose right now to focus on what God wants me to write and leave all results to Him. My writing is an act of worship. My reward, whatever it may be, comes from Him.
Please pray with me the prayer below, written by Sharen Watson. Insert any occupation you wish where it says “write.”
“Father, may we do, speak, and write all for YOU. YOU alone! All in worship to honor YOU alone. . . . It’s all for YOU. ALL for You. In the Name above all names we pray, Jesus… Amen.”
I have to go now. I need to wash a lot of Pavlov-induced drool off myself.
For further Scripture reading, see Colossians 3:23-24