Posted on August 9, 2019 by Erin Culleny in Freedom Fighters
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~ MLK
Those that I admire most are those who are willing to sacrifice of themselves for that which is right. I was born of, and mentored by, these kind of people all my life…. those willing to do what it takes so that God is glorified and Jesus’ name is praised.
These people are extraordinary, yet the world barely notices them. What they did or said may not be recognized with awards and talk shows, yet each scar they bare is stitched in my mind and underlies my motivation.
I know many who are driven by selfish ambition, always pushing their agenda and desires to the forefront, not wanting anyone else to get an advantage, or allow themselves to be vulnerable. But those extraordinary people, who know what’s good because they know and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, kneel in prayer and give their backs for others to stand on as they stretch to new heights.
It’s these that I admire and it is these that I would hope to emulate… even if it was just 1 percent of all that they did. They would tell you, ‘it was nothing’, and say like Paul, ‘to follow them as they follow after Christ.’
These people are not extraordinary because of anything to do with themselves, for they will tell you ‘they died to themselves’ and that ‘it is Christ who now lives in and through them.’ It is for this reason alone that they exude such joy and peace.
I admire those who truly know what’s ‘good’… that ‘God is Good’; and they as frail vessels, knowing that they have ‘the ministry in them that is from the Lord’; a treasure, a light that shines out of darkness and into the lives of others, bringing the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. It is this Light that Unleashes Hope to all mankind.
“We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.” (2 Cor 4:14-15 NLT)
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Written By David Brown: David Brown is a husband, father, and grandfather with a Masters of Religious Studies and a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions. Dave is a member of Pemberton’s First Baptist Church.
Think About This: “We do good deeds, but God works in us in the doing of them.” – Augustine
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “Yet I am the Lord your God ever since the land of Egypt, and you shall know no God but Me; for there is no savior besides Me. – Hosea 13:4
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.