Monday, January 20, 2014

Unknown Heroes

Read: Hebrews 6:9-20

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name…                                         Hebrews 6:10 

     The name King Tut is one of the most recognizable names among all the ancient Egyptian pharaohs. The amazing truth is that King Tut was only nine or ten when he ascended the throne, and his reign was halted when he died at the young age of nineteen. His parents were brother and sister, and, as a result, he was born with many physical maladies. He was inflicted with a cleft palate, scoliosis, malaria, and a variety of other genetic defects. He had married his half-sister at a very young age and had two daughters who never made it to birth. It is believed that his multitude of genetic defects were likely the cause of his early demise. A common theory is that he had an epileptic seizure that led to a fall in which he broke his leg. The leg became infected; because of a weakened immune system due to the other diseases, his body was unable to fight the infection that caused his death. As a result, the family line of King Tut ended with his death.
    The truth is King Tut died in relative obscurity. For centuries no one knew his name, much less studied him as one of the great pharaohs. He only became famous when Howard Carter and George Herbert discovered his untouched tomb in 1922. He became the source of ancient Egyptian historical study because of the treasures and wealth found buried intact with him in his tomb. John White wrote, “The pharaoh who in life was one of the least esteemed of Egypt’s pharaohs has become in death the most renowned.”
     Over the centuries many Christians have lived their lives for Christ and died in obscurity. No one knows who they are or what they accomplished for Christ. From the elderly lady’s fervent prayer that brought revival, to the young man’s faithfulness that led to the salvation of many, to the martyr’s death that encouraged others to stand for Christ, the kingdom of God has been built upon the sacrifice of those who were concerned only with pleasing their King. Only years later – perhaps centuries later – will the extent of their work for Christ be revealed, but one day they will be known in Heaven for all they accomplished for Him.
    Don’t spend your life, as so many do, in search of fame. The rewards received in Heaven for a life lived for Christ will far outweigh any accolade or recognition that can be bestowed upon us by men.

Quote of the day: “Only one life ‘twill soon be passed; only what’s done for Christ will last.”

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