Years ago, an elderly couple in a congregation whom we barely knew were often heard to say, “We just want to love everybody.” Their phrase has stuck with me across the decades.
I don’t know what they meant by it. Did they want to ignore the doctrine of Christ and be, back in that day, all-inclusive? Had they been hurt seeing some harsh attitudes in the body of Christ?
They were not prominent people in the congregation. Even their attendance may not have been as regular as one might expect. Back then, their phrase didn’t impress me much. It seemed to leave too much out. Maybe they meant to cut away beliefs or actions important to others. Maybe not.
Whatever they meant by it, they struck the right note. The Way is the path of love, if it is anything. One thing for certain, God just wants to love everybody. And not only wants, but seeks it.
God sent his Son for salvation. He sent his Spirit for transformation. He sent his Word for sanctification. All in the name of love.
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Here’s another Tozer quote:
Unsung but singing: this is the short and simple story of many today whose names are not known beyond the small circle of their own small company. Their gifts are not many nor great, but their song is sweet and clear.
That’s a great phrase, that first one. Many unnamed servants go about quietly doing their work in the kingdom of God, without recognition, and with no desire to be noticed. They shall have their reward, says the Lord Jesus. God’s angels watch over his little ones, until that day.
We usually hear the phrase, “unsung heroes” to refer to folks who do some great task but receive little recognition for their work. There are also, “unsung servants” in our life. They are people who do things that make a difference, but who are seldom or never praised for their work. These special servants themselves, do not see their work as spectacular because “anybody can do it.” Yes, but somebody did do it. Somebody gave themselves to be used without any fanfare or acclamation.
Somebody held the football for the extra point kick or the field goal, but no one pays much attention to them. Someone hands the surgeon his instruments of operation, but the patient and family never know their name. Consider this list of some of the unsung servants found in scripture. Let’s be encouraged to be one ourselves.
- Hur (Exod. 17:12) Do you remember his part in the battle against Amalek?
- Jonathan’s armor bearer (1 Sam. 14:4-14) Did you see how much Jonathan depended on him?
- Peter’s mother in law (Luke 4:38-39). Did you notice what she did after being healed.?
- Azubah (1 Kgs. 22:42) She was the influential wife of a good king and mother of a faithful king.
- Chloe(1 Cor. 1:11) Paul accepted testimony from her household as being true.
- Damaris (Acts 17:32-34) The Holy Spirit saw fit to mention her name from among a select group?
The lesson for us: Serve. Don’t expect recognition. God knows and God will reward.
Make me a servant Lord, make me like you.