Soul Snack 108/13 ... Mythical Man?
From an obscure land far away I have heard mute whispers of a rarer Christian man, hints of a village myth? This man was of no renown and significant in anonymity. He carried no name, this was his goal, it was as he wanted.
Devotion had long been his ambition; a guiding plumb-line to him for a life lived well. I am told that through countless endeavours and various trials he had hungered for fruit. This was an elusive wish that has chastened him as it did Elijah.
He replied, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.’ (1 Kings 19:10)
Yet all-the-while this faceless man held all the Lord's counsel with suitable gravity, forsook much and wore the mantle of denial. He had omitted his own pleasures and even dear relationships for a higher purpose and a longer good.
One day this solitary man fell flat on his face, prostrate at Jesus' feet. He was now beyond the veil and lit by an inexpressible glory. His life's value was instantly measured by a mere six kind words - well done good and faithful servant. Outstretched and beckoning divine palms simply confirmed the words.
Along with Elijah he too now knew he had always been right.
There is no bank balance, position of honor, secure retirement plan, passing fame or fleeting dalliances than can even carry a candle to those six words.
The welcome of the world isn't even pale when placed alongside the welcome of heaven.
Today's Soul Snippet:
"Rich is the person who has a praying friend." ~ Benjamin R. Ross
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