When one is doing any great thing showing he is conscious of it, more than half the greatness is gone. When he knows he is living a life very great in its service and conscious he is noticed by others, much of the glory is gone from his life. We should live as beautifully when no one is looking to praise our life, as when the world is beholding. The eye of God is ever upon us, and it is His approval and commendation that we should always seek to deserve.
It is said of the great sculptor, Michael Angelo, that when at work he wore a little lamp fastened on his cap, in order that no shadow of himself might fall upon his work. We need to take care no shadows of our pride, ambition, self-seeking, shall fall upon our work for Christ.
The eye of God is ever upon us
To labor in Christian work to have the glory is to dim and darken the beauty of all we do. It also makes ourselves vessels unfit for the Master’s use. We are only ready for the sacred ministries when we are content to be nothing, so Christ may be all.
“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets–to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:1-4
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