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Topic: Unsung Hero (12/07/06)
TITLE: One Among many
By Roy Proctor
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My friend Ken stands tall as a Christian friend in the body of Christ. It isnít likely that he will ever have a TV ministry that is broadcast the world over. He will never have an airplane that takes him to any place in the world or preach powerful anointed sermons. This man means a lot to me just the same. He is an example of a Christian friend that selflessly functions in a unique ministry that is so important.
Ken was not the type of guy who said he would pray for you and promptly forget your situation. Instead, he is a genius in the practical applications of love; an outstanding practitioner in bearing the burdens of another. This was exemplified first hand when he rebuilt the carburetor on my car, at no cost to me. It was a relief to drive without anticipation of metal on metal contact because it ran consistently.
Everyone needs to learn the practical applications necessary for successful daily living. Life in this world is much more involved than merely praying and believing that God will do such things as balance the check book or construct a working budget. He does, however, provide wisdom and expects us to be good stewards. It took me some time to learn that valuable lesson, so the Lord used Ken to teach me in this area.
It was acutely embarrassing to admit that I was a terrible manager of money. But through the counsel and loving concern of many Christians brothers, I decided to chart a new course. It was agreed that Ken would set up a budget and that I would learn to manage it. So, for six months he and I put my finances in order. It was shocking to learn the beneficial effects of such practical measures of wisdom. The most important benefit, however, was the satisfaction of a job well done.
Much time has past since my receiving practical ministry in finances. The Lord has taught me in other areas of practical living as well through the example of other Christian brothers such as Ken. It has helped me to see Jesus more clearly, as the first born among unsung heroes. He laid his life down out of love for us and without an ulterior motive of any kind.
Do you want to be great in the kingdom of God? If so, enter into the holy of holies and volunteer to be an unsung hero for the Lord. Greatness in him starts with true humility.
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