“Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation.”
There are gifts that come with walking with God. These gifts could be in form of anointing, healing, discernment, favour, etc. With these gifts will come access. Access to God, earthly thrones of kings, the hearts of men, etc. It is in this time that you will truly get to answer the question of ‘Why you do God’s work’.
In our passage, Daniel’s gift of interpretation was requested by the king, and he was promised lots of wealth if he succeeded in interpreting that writing on the wall. However, Daniel, a true servant of God knew that he wasn’t called to be receiving rewards before or because he could do God’s work. Hence, he wasn’t going to neglect his integrity in God for a reward. After all, he wasn’t called by men but God.
If you do God’s work hoping to be seen and blessed by men, one day you will have to betray God to keep that access. In times when you will have to be sincere in saying what God truly sent you to say, you may compromise because of your greed and loss of purpose.
However, if you’re doing His work because He sent you, because you love the Lord, and because you want to be a fruitful vessel, then come what may, you will only be concerned with what the Lord wants and says, not the reward that will comes with it.
Further Reading: Daniel 5
Charge: Do God’s work with your eyes on Him only. Never misappropriate His gifts.