God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7b
There is one piano student I will never forget. He was only about 8 or 9, but he put his all into his lessons. He had a hard time understanding rhythm, and I used to tap the count on his shoulder while saying it out loud as well, to help him keep in time. He struggled, and he worked hard. So when he took first place in his class at the music festival in the spring, imagine how proud I was of him!
I had another student who took first place. She did remarkably well. She had a natural talent, and it didn’t take much effort on her part to pull of first place. Did she deserve her first place too? Of course. Was I proud of her? Absolutely. But I also knew how much better she could have done if she had put in the same effort that the other student had. I knew her potential. I was pleased with her placing, yes. But not as pleased with her effort.
Like my students, life will reward our deeds. If we do well, we will earn the result. But God knows our potential. He can make beauty out of ashes, so when our best efforts don’t seem like much, He can make them amazing! Because He sees the heart, He knows when we have given Him our best, and that’s what matters to Him.
Stop worrying about the result. Stop worrying that you’re not good enough. But don’t think that you can give God minimum effort because He can use anything. Give Him your best because He gave you His best. And rest in Him for the results.
Give of your best to the Master;
Naught else is worthy His love;
He gave Himself for your ransom,
Gave up His glory above.
Laid down His life without murmur,
You from sin’s ruin to save;
Give Him your heart’s adoration;
Give Him the best that you have.
(Give Of Your Best to the Master, by Howard Grose, vs 3)
Keep Seeking the Kingdom!