But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the Lord, and my recompense with my God.” And now the Lord says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength— he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:4-6 ESV)
Men thought Jesus wasted His life. But His Father saw His labors, and counted Him as glorious.
Many despise hiddenness, but the one who perseveres faithfully in a life of meekness is held in high honor by God. He sees what man does not see. What He prizes is often very different from what man prizes. Man prize fame, renown and attention, but He loves what is done in the secret when no one is watching.
If you had to spend your whole life in hiddenness, would you still persevere in love and faithfulness? It is easy to perform in front of men, but the true litmus test of a yielded heart is seen only in the secret when no one is watching.
Away with the worship of stages, and fame, and big names. Let there be hearts that genuinely love and fear the Lord even when nobody is watching.