THE POWER OF THE UNKNOWN…
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE YOUR VALUE
Recently, I received my Master’s degree at Dallas Baptist University. This year the Dallas Baptist University Winter Commencement Ceremony featured Dr. Jessse Rincones to address and serve as the designated speaker. He delivered an enlightening message that basically encouraged us to embrace the small things in life. This would provide my personal inspiration to search the Scriptures for biblical foundation parallels. For instance, the story where Jesus feeds over 5000 people; with only five loaves of bread and two fish. “There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?” (John 6:9) The fact is there is no recorded history as to who this young lad actually was. However, his service would not only help to provide nourishment for what theologians estimate the actual number of people including women and children to be closer to 20,000. There was actually some food left.
WHO, WHAT, WHEN?
Remember the story of the centurion soldier? Who was this man?
“And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.”(Matthew 8:5-6) The soldier would go on to tell Jesus that he is unworthy to ask him to come to his house, but all he would ask is for Jesus to just speak the words of healing and he believed his servant would be healed. This single act by this unknown soldier was so astonishing to Jesus that the bible records Jesus marveled. “When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”(Matthew 8:10)
THE ANONYMITY IN SERVANTHOOD
Have you ever thought about the other two men who hung on the cross next to Jesus? Who were they? Did they have families, friends, and acquaintances? Here is just a snippet from their last conversation as recorded in Scripture.
“And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost, not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.”(Luke 23:39-42)
Only one of these unknown men would acknowledge Jesus as his Lord and because of his acceptance; even in his last hours of life, would be saved. In all three of these scenarios, we can see the value of what from the outside looking in appears to be minimal; but with God all things are possible.