Unsung Heroes

Just thinking today about “unsung heroes”… wonderful people, simple saints, those who love the Lord with all their heart and others (regardless of their ethnicity, culture, station in life, education or lack of it, wealth or lack of it, their religious background or anything else) and serve them in the name of Jesus without fanfare, notoriety or media attention (and sometimes without appreciation).  But God notices! 

Think about it … who is an “unsung hero” – a devoted, selfless, follower of Jesus – that comes to your mind today?…

For me it is my mother-in-law, Linda Barnett, who is now with the Lord in heaven.  A single mom, who raised 5 children on housekeeping wages.  Who often opened her home and her heart (and her cupboard) to others in need.  Whose aging car was used to pick up a whole group of widows and faithfully took them to church each Sunday in Polson Montana.  Who rarely missed a service at her church.  Who sacrificially gave to those in need, prepared food for those going through trials, and in the estimation of her family and everyone else who knew her was “addicted to serving others!”  I could go on…

This morning in my Bible reading during “coffee with the Lord” I read about other “unsung heroes”…

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, He will sit on His glorious throne…  Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  And He will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.  Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world!  For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” (From Matthew 25:31–40 ESV)

That’s right… Righteous, godly, loving, caring “unsung heroes” serving others in Jesus’ name… worthy of the highest honor!  Today I salute you!  And one day the Living Lord of Glory will honor you before all the assembled host of heaven and the assembled nations of the world – in fact, the entire universe!

On the other hand, there are those whose religion (whose Christianity) is in name only… (I challenge you to read the next verses to find out about what happens to them…)

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