SERVING FOR HIS GLORY
By Cougan Collins
The Hebrew writer speaks of veterans of a spiritual war. He mentioned unnamed prophets who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, and put foreign armies to flight (Heb. 11:33-34). He then mentions unidentified women who are remembered for their faith (11:35). We are then told of countless others who stood up for God (11:36-38). God did not preserve their names for us. But, what is important is their example of sacrifice and perseverance in hope of eternal life. The Hebrew writer tells us all these gained approval through their faith (Heb. 11:39). These unnamed souls serve as an example and motivation for today’s Christian.
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1).
At certain times, we find ourselves caving into resentment when we do not receive the recognition for spiritual service we think we deserve. Let those in the Hebrews account remind us that God sees our work, and it is He who will reward us in the end! Jesus reminds us that our Father who sees what is done in secret will reward us (Mt. 6:18). Think of the unnamed ones in the church at Jerusalem who endured a great conflict of sufferings, were made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and showed sympathy to prisoners (Heb. 10:32-34). What was their motivation? A better possession and a lasting one. They were told not to throw away their confidence, which has a great reward. Remember those who do the will of God will receive what is promised! (Heb. 10:35-36)
There are numerous Christians who seek to make a difference in the lives of those they touch on a daily basis. Think of men who quietly set the example of what a godly husband/father is. Remember their wives who toil at home managing the household affairs, training up their children, and following Christ. Think about those who roll up their sleeves and get involved in the Lord’s work within the congregation. They never draw attention to themselves; they just do what the need to do. Day by day, many Christians are doing great things that are never made known publically. the Keep it up! Men and women who serve who serve this way make a big difference in the war with the devil! Remember, stand up, fight the devil, and do good! Not for personal glory, but for the glory of Almighty God! Paul said, “whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (Col. 3:17).
While we are busy serving God, let’s look for opportunities to encourage others in their work. A simple word of thanks, a pat on the back, or a smile will make a difference. Regular encouragement can be the driving force behind someone excelling even more (1 Thess. 4:1, 9-10). So, let us consider how to encourage one another to love and do good deeds (Heb. 10:24). Not only will our relationships flourish, but God’s church will be strengthened as well! We invite you to worship and study with us to learn more about first century Christianity – lgchurchofchrist.com.
Adapted from Matthew Allen