Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"Not Unto Us"

The vast preponderance of God's working in the world is unknown but to a few. This was true in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ, and it is true in the life of the church.

"And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen" (John 21:25).
"But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth" (Matthew 6:3).

Public Christianity and Christians have their place, but it is small in relative terms. Our Lord has for more grist for the mill, as it were, in the throngs of unknown believers who quietly walk and minister in their everyday lives. Modern times would seem to belie this because mass media makes it so possible for ministers and ministries to become broadly influential to the masses.
However, the truth remains that just as in the life of the Lord Jesus, most of God's doings by His church are effected in the quiet and the shadows where all glory is given to Him for His doings.

This truth speaks powerfully to you and me. We are among the hidden company through whom our Heavenly Father determines to most fulfill His purposes. We will receive little or no notice for our role, and will even be called to aggressively seek anonymity regarding our ministering to others. We're not to even let our left hand know what our right hand is doing. Our flesh may be tempted to chafe at such forgottenness, and much remembrance will be required that in real terms, we are not even worthy to stoop and tie our Lord's shoelace (Mark 1:7). Indeed, our sins were the reason He was tortured to death, and forsaken of God and man. All pride for doings and resentment for being ignored dies on the altar of such consideration, and the quiet and the shadows becomes our most cherished venue of ministry.

"As the dew that brought sweet manna, and then quietly stole away,
we long to be forgotten, Lord, to seek no accolade.
For each day the Light grows brighter, as it shines
from Your dear face,
only One is due all honor, only One inhabits praise.
So let us be forgotten, Lord, let us be forgotten."

"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us,
but unto Thy name give glory,
for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth's sake."
(Psalm 115:1)

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