“Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?” Clarence, the angel in, It’s A Wonderful Life.
One of the benefits of knowing and understanding the Bible, at least a little, is the day when the realization hits your heart, that living for Christ means that your living is not in vain. George Bailey, in a time of brutal trouble, was taught by Clarence, the “second class” angel trying to earn his wings, that the normal, often mundane life carries with it simple yet truly profound blessings to others. If George’s life had never been lived, then those ordinary lives would not have been touched and a few of them would have passed on prior to having grown to maturity.
A study of the grand and glorious lives in the Bible shows that many got their start, their touch of fire, while they were performing the simple everyday duties of life. Simeon in the temple the day Joseph and Mary brought the Baby Jesus there for the 8th day rite of Circumcision. The aged widow Anna, doing what she did everyday over a long period of time, was touched on the same day, while going about her duties.
Elisha, the prophet who did twice as many miracles as Elijah, was plowing with Oxen when the call of God came upon him.
As Christians we believe each and every life matters and this life is to be lived for the glory of God and this involves being about duty, things, professions, sweaty work, mundane things, performed with élan, understanding that even though we may not see the wonder in some person’s life, our living is not in vain!
Think about it, an innkeeper enjoying the increased income from Caesar forcing people to travel to pay a tax, is now the most famous innkeeper in history, because he let a poor couple use his barn to give birth to a child.
You never know!
Life takes on a new excitement when we know we never know, but we do know the Lord rides upon the wave and is hidden in the storm and works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform, and this act of duty performed in love for Christ may be the one that will touch a life for the better.
1 Thessalonians 2:12, “That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.”
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly
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