Working for the Lord

By: Aloysius Mugisa

Colossians 3: 23-24                   


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.



Whenever I do something good and am rewarded with appreciation, I get the courage to do even better. But many of my good deeds have gone unnoticed, or worse still, earned me negative criticism.


Two years ago, my wife and I consented to having a close relative’s son stay with us while he attended a technical day school close to our home. For two years we took care of him. When he completed his course and returned to his home, we expected his parents to call and thank us. We never heard from them. This saddened us so much since we felt we were simply used. This consoling scripture came to my mind, assuring me, “You did it for the Lord and not for men. The Lord has surely rewarded you.” I shared this scripture with my wife and we rejoiced.


When my wife and I decided to take in our two foster daughters, Martha and Resty, six years back, some of our relatives and friends asked us how we were going to benefit from the fosterage. They knew we had very limited resources. But we wanted to help the two little girls who were about to die for lack of food and shelter.


Martha and Resty are now grown, healthy girls going to secondary school this month. We are very fulfilled to have raised these girls for the Lord.


A while back, a fellow parishioner poured out to me her disappointment over a young lady she’d helped with accommodations and school fees. Instead of appreciating her, the young lady was speaking ill of her. I hastened to console this lady with Luke 17:10: We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty, and Matthew 6:4: Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.


TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Have I withheld charity because of someone’s ingratitude? Whose gratitude is the driving force behind my generosity - God’s or man’s?