All this week I’ve been cleaning and tidying what I call the book room. It’s where the predominance of our books are kept, it is now also my husbands office. It’s taken a lot of work to get it to be serviceable but it’s pretty good right now. 🙂 Anyways, that’s not the point of this post eh? As I was cleaning and rearranging books I kept running into biographies of people. I was reminded of my lad’s current reading project. He’s reading through the stories of peope who have gone on before. Folks of faith like Amy Carmichael, Gladys (oh her last name is escaping me), and William Carey. He is enjoying these books so I was glad to find a few more he’ll be able to dig into. (as long as I remember where I put them!).
Today’s devotional from the Faith-Shaped Life has Mr. Hamilton reminding us of God’s call upon us to remember our history. To remember the things that God has done. We need to be about remembering his-story.
We need to remember those who have gone on before, faithful men and women who have given up their lives in order to stay true to God and his word.
Mr. Hamilton raises the question, but what do those deaths, those martyrdoms have to do with us today? We live in a society where we aren’t going to be killed for our faith. The question arises though… what does our faith call us to give up? When Christian bakers lose their livelihoods because they hold to the gospel, when businesses are threatened because of their faith stance, and so forth. Do we go with the post-modern times we live in, or … do we remember those who have gone on before and stand true to the word of God? THIS is where remembering our history and how God upholds his people matters. It helps us also to stand firm.
This ability to stand firm is what helps turn the hearts of non-believers to the Lord. When they see our faith in action, it helps them to think through what they are doing, and just maybe, to turn to the Lord. Weak-willed Christians won’t do that. Faith-filled ones will.
Take time to know your history, study the lives of missionaries, learn the stories of faith from your own family, tell and retell the stories of when you have seen God at work. The cause of the gospel is not forwarded by the faint of heart. It is forwarded by those who know they serve of God of action. See that action, be aware of it throughout the passage of time, and keep spreading it forward.
Let us then “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.” I Corthinthians 15:58