The Inequity of Recognition and Reward..

We tend to glamorize the talented quarterback on the field..
and forget the offensive line coach that masterminded the coverage schemes to protect him.

We buy posters of the lead singer striking a pose..
and we haven’t a clue of the name of the songwriter.

We praise successful and powerful generals in military victories..
without a second thought to the communications private relaying messages to the front-lines.

You get the point. We can easily feed the ego of the front guy. But what does the front guy do with that praise? Does he hand it off to those who support him? Or does he keep it all for himself, never recognizing those who are vital to his success? Is the front guy SELFISH with the accolades?

This is not just a current problem with inequity of recognition and reward. It has been going on since the beginning of time. Look at what happens to David’s warriors in 1 Samuel 30:

  • 600 men set off for battle to defeat the enemy and recover their wives & kids, and goods stolen from them
  • 200 begin to get “weary”** and stopped to camp (this lightened the supply load for the other 400)
  • the 400 warriors continue into battle and surface victorious with plenty of “spoils”
  • when arriving back at the camp, the 400 do not want to share their plunder with the 200 who “did nothing to deserve it”
  • they didn’t even want to give them back what was rightfully theirs (their own belongings stolen by the enemy)

But David said, “No, my brothers! Don’t be SELFISH with what the LORD has given us. He has kept us safe and helped us defeat the band of raiders that attacked us. Who will listen when you talk like this? We share and share alike—those who go to battle and those who guard the equipment.” (1 Samuel 30: 23-24)

Some are meant for the front-lines of battle..
Some are meant for behind-the-scenes prayer, planning and providing..

You may be a front-line kind of guy..and if so..go and fight..be bold..be strong..be courageous..and do what God has called you to do (oh, and don’t be selfish with the recognition).

But you may be a behind-the-scenes support person..and if so..be diligent and passionate with your prayers..be strategic with your planning..give generously to the cause and provide for those who are charging the enemy..and do what God has called you to do.

We are all valuable members of the team..it takes us all.

  • The strong and the weak.
  • The sword wielder and the welder of the sword.
  • The strategist and the activist.
  • The bold and the beautiful (nah, I just had to throw that in there.)

And the victory..and the reward..belongs to all..because look what “the Lord has given us.”
HE is the victor..HE is the champion..and HE has given us eternity……. equally.

** a word of encouragement for the “weary” from Spurgeon:
“You Little-Faiths, you Despondencies, you Much-Afraids, you Feeble-Minds, you that sigh more than you sing, you that would but cannot, you that have a great heart for holiness, but feel beaten back in your struggles, the Lord shall give you his love, his grace, his favor, as surely as he gives it to those who can do great things in his name.”

Have you found your place on the team?
Do you ever find yourself selfish with the praise?

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