I once heard Dr. W.A. Criswell tell about the faithful missionary couple who returned to the United States on the same ship that brought Teddy Roosevelt home from a safari in Africa. Many reporters and photographers were on the dock, waiting to see Roosevelt and interview him and take pictures; but nobody was on hand to welcome home the veteran missionaries who had spent their lives serving Christ in Africa.
That evening, in their modest hotel room, the couple reviewed their arrival in New York City. The husband was somewhat bitter.“It isn’t fair,” he said to his wife. “Mr. Roosevelt comes home from a hunting trip, and the whole country is out to meet him.
We get home after years of service, and nobody is there to greet us.” But his wife had the right answer. “Honey, we aren’t home yet.”In my own travels, I have seen situations in local churches that have broken my heart. I have seen congregations show little or no appreciation to faithful pastors who were laboring sacrificially to see the church grow.
Some of these men were underpaid and overworked, yet the churches seemed to have no love for them. But their successors were treated like kings! Perhaps you are being overlooked for your faithfulness. Certainly at the Judgment Seat of Christ, the books will be balanced.
From God’s Word: “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much” (Luke 16:10).
Consider: Proverbs 28:20; Matthew 24:45-47; Revelation 2:10.
Action assignment: In your hymnal, find “What if It Were Today?” Give special attention to the third stanza. Thank God for His faithfulness to you, and ask Him to help you be faithful to Him and to others throughout this day.
WARREN W. WIERSBE