Kara and Adam waited patiently while Mom unlocked the front door of their home. After working at the department store all day, Mom walked wearily into the living room. "I sure am tired tonight, and my feet hurt," she said. "I wish I didn't have to work on Saturdays. But did you kids have a good day at Gina's house?"
"It was fine," said Kara. "Did you hear from Dad today?" Their father was away on a trip to another city, hoping to find work.
"Yes. He had a busy day, too,"said Mom, "but no promise of a job yet." She sighed. "Well, I better get supper started. But . . ." She sniffed the air.
"Where is that good smell coming from?" asked Adam.
They all went to the kitchen and Mom immediately saw that the table was set--and the breakfast dishes had been washed. She noticed that the oven was turned on. She peeked in, and the delightful smell of potatoes and ham became stronger. "Who could have done this?" Mom wondered.
"Look! Here's a card!" exclaimed Kara. "It just says, I did it in the name of the Lord.' It isn't signed."
"Maybe Mrs. James next door did it," said Adam.
"No." Kara shook her head. "How could she get in? It must have been Gina, our sitter. She has a key."
"But she was with us all day," argued Adam.
"Then who in the world could it have been?" Kara asked. "We have to figure it out so we can thank her."
"That was my first thought, too," said Mom, "but then I realized that whoever did all this for us doesn't want us to know who he or she is. It wasn't done for praise--or even to receive thanks. It was done as a service to God, and He'll give the reward. I, for one, am very grateful."
"Well, I'd want at least a thank you if I did all that work," insisted Kara.
"Me, too," agreed Adam.
Mom smiled. "It's nice to be appreciated for what we do, but which is really better--a reward of thanks from people or a reward from God?"
"Both would be nice," said Adam with a grin, "but I know you're right. A reward from God is more important."
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Can you do a kind deed for someone? Would you be willing to let God receive all the thanks and praise, and wait until you reach heaven to get your reward? Acts of Christian service done in secret often bring people’s attention to God and His love and care. Why not be one of God’s secret servants? Don’t wait—try to think of a secret service project you can do today.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Matthew 6:4 (KJV)
Your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.