One of the things that has haunted me in my past is my desire to make a name for myself. In the past my greatest desire was to be famous, or to make an impact so great that people would remember me after I was gone. Well, that hasn’t happened yet, and thank God for that. Aside from the obvious selfishness behind it those desires have changed to longing for making a name for Jesus. What I have come to learn is that this will be easy, considering He has already done it. Recently, I have been journaling through the book of Acts, and there is a theme that continues to repeat itself throughout. God is the one who has grown His church, no man has done it. Even when we read the events that happened so long ago, the author is sure to make clear that fact, the fact that God is the one responsible for the great things happening.
There was a small group of guys who, perhaps unknowingly, or maybe they saw what was going on and weren’t even sure what to say about it who broke the mold; who stepped outside of the norm and did something incredible without getting credit for it.
19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution in connection with Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, telling the message only to Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. Acts 11:19-21
The persecution of Steven caused people to spread out and run to different areas. When they did, they preached the news of Jesus Christ to the Jews only. Not this group of guys who have remained nameless. They started speaking to Gentiles, they couldn’t help but give the good news to everyone. God’s hand was on them, He used them in this huge way, crossing boundaries that were put in place by cultural differences and started the church that would eventually send the Apostle Paul out to infect the world with this Gospel.
A few men, who thought outside of the box, who refused to hold this message to one group of people, started something that blew the minds of the church in Jerusalem. So much so that they sent Barnabas to check it out. The key; “The Lord’s hand was with them.”
Faithful service doesn’t always look like what others are doing. In fact, sometimes you people might look at you and disapprove. Keep going, keep pushing, keep running, because if the Lord’s hand is with you, He will use you to change the world. Even if you don’t get any of the credit. It is all for Him anyway.