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IN APPRECIATION OF THE UNSUNG HEROES.

IN APPRECIATION OF THE UNSUNG HEROES.
2nd December, 2015
Mr. Francis D'souza (Courtesy Charisindia Magazine) In Appreciation Of The Unsung Heroes.
In Appreciation Of The Unsung Heroes.

The Bible reveals that it is God’s desire that the body of Christ be built up and that every person be brought to full maturity in Christ (c.f. Eph 4:12 and Col 1:28). To facilitate this God already has a school for training and development in place. This is indicated in Deut. 32:11 in the analogy of the mother eagle teaching the eaglet to fly. 
 
Millions of people are at work in order to fulfill this purpose of God - some as Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers. While others as caregivers (for people with disabilities), helpers (who distribute food in a rescue mission), or teaching children, whilst still others – who faithfully pray, sacrificially give, and patiently suffer for Christ. Among those serving are the countless mothers who quietly care for their families, and men and women who courageously witness to co-workers and neighbours.
 
While some will be acknowledged for their contribution, countless will go unnoticed because of the sheer enormity of the workforce. But let no one be discouraged or feel ignored for although their names may not be known to us they are certainly known to God who sees all things and faithfully rewards all those who do good. In fact, as Paul tells us in Phil 4:3, their names are recorded in the book of life.
 
Let us see through the Word of God why we should not be discouraged, but be motivated to joyfully fulfill our call in life.
 
No job for the Lord is in vain
 
1 Cor 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
 
J. B. Phillips summed up this verse well when he said, "Nothing you do for Him is ever lost or ever wasted."  
Far from being worthless and futile, our work for God is of eternal value. We can therefore find encouragement to keep serving the Lord in whatever we are doing, because what we are doing has been destined by God. (c.f. Eph. 2:10)  
The only thing to note is that the Lord wants us to keep working at our God-given task no matter how difficult it might be. Even when success seems remote or impossible, recognition reward and acknowledgement don’t seem anywhere near. We are to remain steadfast, assured that there will be an ample reward for those who persevere. The following anecdote will serve to explain this point:
 
A preacher who was growing weary in the ministry had a dream. He saw himself pounding away at a huge chunk of granite with a pick-axe. It was his job to break it into small pieces. But hard as he tried, he couldn't chip off even a tiny piece. At last, tired and disappointed, he decided to give up.
Just then a stranger appeared and said, "Weren't you given orders to do that work? Your duty is to give your best regardless of what happens." The preacher, with a renewed determination, lifted the pick-axe high in the air and gave the granite a crushing blow. It broke into a thousand pieces. He had almost quit-one blow too soon.
 
No job done for the Lord is too small or insignificant
 
Zech 4:10 "Who despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.”
 
Francis Schaeffer wrote: "In God's sight there are no little people and no little places. . . . those who think of themselves as little people in little places, if committed to Christ and living under His Lordship in the whole of life, may, by God's grace, change the flow of our generation."
This message must lift up the spirits of homemakers, labourers, students, and countless others who serve quietly often feeling discouraged thinking that their work is insignificant. Also many among us who are performing unnoticed tasks as we support the church's mandate to spread the gospel and train believers must know that without many volunteers, no church or mission agency could do its ministry effectively.
 
Let us take heart from Zerubbabel’s example. Although his work was considered insignificant by people around, God upheld his work and challenged them saying "Who has despised the day of small things?" (Zech. 4:10). God wanted them to go on laying brick upon brick, following Zerubbabel's example. They were to fulfill the task through the enablement of God's Spirit, not in their own power (v.6).
Are you doing "small things"? Be encouraged! God's eyes scan "the whole earth" (v.10). He notices the little things done for Him, and He will use them mightily.
Does the place you're called to labor
Seem so small and little known?
It is great if God is in it,
And He'll not forget His own.  -Suffield
 
No job done for Christ goes unnoticed 
Matt 10:42 (also Mark 9:41) And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."
 
Evangelists Matthew and Mark both make a mention of the reward for a thing as insignificant, small, and ordinary as giving a glass of cold water. This shows that God who is Omnipresent and Omniscient is watching our every action. How happy He will be when He sees His children working to build up His kingdom even though they remain unacknowledged and anonymous?
 
The Bible is replete with examples of those who served God and yet remained anonymous –  the young man who helped find rescue for David’s family, the young boy who offered his lunch which led to feed the multitude, the people who helped save Paul’s life. Their names are not known but the Lord will certainly reward them – they are unheralded champions, unsung heroes here on earth but not in God’s eyes.   
 
Many who have worked to build God’s Kingdom may have faded away in the eyes of the world some have passed from this world to their eternal home. Though their names may have been forgotten by the world but God remembers their deeds holds them in high esteem. They too are indeed the unsung heroes in the eyes of God.     
 
Conclusion
Regardless of the size of our job what finally matters is: Were we faithful in carrying out the responsibilities assigned to us? If so, we stand privileged to hear the following words of commendation from the Master, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Himself:
 
`Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' Matt 25:21, 23