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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Unknown, But Well-known


What was the name of the poor widow who gave her two pittance into the Temple treasury (Mark 12)? Scripture doesn’t identify her by name – but only by the simple thing she did for her God. And God has used her example for 2000 years as a testimony of faithfulness.

What was the name of the Philippian jailer in Acts 16? We don’t know. All we do know of him is that he turned his life over to Jesus, and for two millennia God has used his example of how the gospel can change an entire family.

What was the name of the woman standing by the well in Samaria (John 4)?  We don’t know. All we know is she believed what Jesus told her of Himself, and God has used her as an example of what evangelism can look like.

What was the name of the little girl who sang out “Pick up and read. Pick up and read” in that garden where a very troubled young man stood in silent contemplation about God?  No one knows her name, but after listening to the child’s words, the man we now know as St. Augustine opened his Bible, read a short section of Paul’s letter to the Romans, and committed his life to Christ.

What about the unnamed heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 who “experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated . . . . wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground”? God points to their example of perseverance and faithfulness to Him in the face of terrible persecution and even martyrdom.

What’s my point in all this? I’ve met Christians over the years who think they’ve never done much worth mentioning for the kingdom of God. They often think of themselves as of no account in God’s plan. You might have also met Christians who think that way.

But how dare we think so little of our omnipotent God to believe He is, and has been, unable to use us, even though we want Him to use us for His kingdom?

Yes, you are I might be unknown to the world around us, but our God knows our name and the work we wish to do for Him. Therefore, remain faithful, and He will not fail to use our two fish and few loaves for His kingdom.

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