I read this prayer/poem from Watchman Nee this week:

Let me love and not be respected; Let me serve and not be rewarded;
Let me labor and not be remembered; Let me suffer and not be regarded.

‘Tis the pouring, not the drinking; ‘Tis the breaking, not the keeping.

A life suff’ring to seek others blessing. A life loving and true comfort giving.
Not accepting pity and concern. Not accepting, solace and applause;
Even lonely, even forgotten, Even wordless, even forsaken.
Tears and blood, my price for the righteous crown shall be; Losing all, my cost for a faithful pilgrim’s life.

‘Twas the life, O Lord, that You chose to live. In those days when on earth You walked,
Gladly suff’ring all injuries and loss, so that all might draw near and repose.

I cannot see how much farther I shall go; Still I press on knowing there is no return.
Let me follow Your pattern so perfect and true, Bearing ingratitude without complaint.
In this time of trial, O my Lord, I pray that you’d wipe all my hidden tears away;

Let me learn, O Lord, You are my reward, Let me be others’ blessing all my days.

Wow!  This really stirred me up, especially the line at the end: “Let me learn, O Lord, you are my reward.”  Too often I’m interested in the recognition, or at least knowing that I’ve left a lasting legacy… but the true treasure for my service is Christ Himself.  He is my reward.  He is my legacy.  I need that reminder often!  In ministry, we are not kingdom-builders, rather we are mining the depths of Christ Himself.  The deeper I go, the more I experience the power and glory of His grace!

2 thoughts on “Christ: My Treasure, Reward, and Legacy

  1. So true, Brett! So true! I have also heard it put another way . . . would you still do what you do if no one knew you were doing it? You get no credit or acknowledgement, just working for the glory of God. It is definitely tough at time.

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