Friday, February 15, 2013

Unoticed by others but known by God

The following story reminds me of a beautiful text from Hebrews 6:10: For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.

There’s a well‐known story of a missionary couple who after decades of faithful service overseas, were returning back to the States.

They happened to be on the same ship to New York as President Theodore Roosevelt, who was returning from a big game hunt in Africa. As the ship pulled into the dock, huge crowds, the press, and a brass band were gathered to welcome him home. 

The old missionary couple, health broken and spent in their service for Christ, walked off the ship and through the crowd, unmet and unknown. As they walked, a tear trickled down the husband’s cheek.

“What’s wrong?” his wife asked.

“My whole life I’ve given to serving Christ. We’ve spent ourselves for Jesus and nobody is here to greet us on our return home. 

His dear wife thought for a minute and said softly, "That's because we're not home yet, dear."[1]

[1] From sermon Fasting as Missions by Dr. Michael Oh