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  • Henry Omotayo

Reward for Eye Service?

Message No. 0714 | Twitter @GodandUs |

One of the most common things in our societies is the phenomenon of eye service, and it is so pervasive that no part of the society is spared. Even if one has not been paying attention, it is impossible to not see what people do in our offices, churches, government circles, and even our homes. The obvious lack of commitment to expected, and even contractual, and remunerated activities is one of the banes of our world today.

Eye service did not start in our generation. The fact that Jesus had to reveal the role this lack of diligence will play on the judgement Throne is revealing. It tells us that this has been a problem almost since humanity existed. In Matthew chapter 25 verses 41-46, Jesus depicted the shock that awaits those who think that their motives for doing things are not noticed:

"Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.' "Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?' Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

Now, make no mistake, it’s not that these people weren’t working. It’s not that they did not help the sick or visit people who were in prison or help those who needed clothes, and other nice things. The problem is, if they were not seen by Christ to have done those things, it means that their motives were wrong, ab initio (from the beginning).

There are people in the church who would run to do things when it affected their pastors. They would be at the forefront, so the pastors could see them and thank them for their labor of love. However, if it concerns the needs of ordinary church members, you will never find them there. Some people even have classes in the church. There are people they associate with, and anyone below that class will not receive any attention from them.

In our offices, there are people who will work very hard and stay extra hours, as long as their managers and directors are around and can observe them doing the job. Let their managers leave the office or take one or two days off, and you won’t see them at work or when they come, they don’t work as hard or as late even when the job demands that extra efforts be added to get things done. Their only motive is to be seen by their leaders to be working, so they can be promoted ahead of their peers.

What more can we say; in government offices, this practice is even worse. There are people who will not go to the office for days if their bosses are not in the office. They go about their own activities, and they return to the office when they hear rumors that the boss is coming back from his trip. Have we not seen our politicians, how they go to some open places and do some acts of kindness to some citizens when elections are a few months away? They make those acts to seem they are random, but if they are, how come there’s video recording of these acts and the cameras focus on what they are doing, and the news come out minutes after these acts are completed? Is this not premeditation and a plan to deceive the populace into thinking that their government officials are so kind?

While human beings may not see us playing eye service here on earth, there is One who misses nothing. God is taking note of all we are doing and is observing our motives for doing those things. All of the things that we do in order to be seen or get noticed, the Bible says that our rewards have been received already. See how Jesus describes it in Matthew 6:1-4:

"Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

Of course, there may be instances when people need to see what you are doing, so they can learn to do likewise or so they can be motivated to support the cause. The main question we should always ask ourselves is, what is the motive for what I am doing, and what is the motive for wanting to be seen doing it? If your work passes God’s motive test, the Bible says that you will receive a reward, but if it fails, then it shall be burned by fire (1 Corinthians 3:13-15). What will it be for me? What will it be for you?


If you are yet to give your life to Christ, you do not have a covenant with God and His promises do not apply to you. To come under these promises, please surrender your life to Christ today, by praying this prayer:

Lord I know that I am a sinner and I am unable to save myself. I am sorry for my sins and I pray that you please forgive me. I am aware that Your Son Jesus died for my sins and I accept Him as my Lord and savior. I surrender my life unto you from this moment. Please take control of my entire being and help me to be obedient to your Word, going forward. Thank you, Lord, for hearing me. I have prayed in Jesus’ name. Amen.

If you prayed the foregoing prayer, you have just been born again. Please find a Bible believing church in your area and ask to see the pastor. Let him or her know that you have just given your life to Christ and s/he will guide you on next steps in your journey as a child of God. The Lord bless you!


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