We’re not home yet….

“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
–              Matthew 25:21

The story is told of an old missionary who spent his entire life in the mission fields of Africa telling the story of Jesus. During those days, missionary support was meager at best and nonexistent at worse. But, struggling the best he could he stayed on the field.

In the latter years of his life, his wife died but he did not have the money to take her back to her home for burial, so he was forced to bury her in a makeshift grave near his home.

Finally, with his health, his money, and his family gone he scraped together enough for boat passage back to the States. As the boat entered the harbor, suddenly it was surrounded by fire boats spurting spray of water and tugs blowing horns.

As the boat docked, a band began playing and a crowd of people began shouting and waving their arms as a celebrity walked down the gang plank.

As he watched all this from the railing, this elderly missionary, knowing he was coming home alone, began feeling sorry for himself and began to pray something like this.

“Lord, I have given you all I have. I gave you my life, my family, my health. Now, at the end of my life, why couldn’t I be welcomed home with caring people who appreciate what my life has meant for the glory of God?”

Then, almost as if it was an audible voice, this elderly missionary felt God speaking to him saying, “Son, you aren’t Home yet!”

So often, we lose sight of the fact that we “aren’t home” yet. While in our work-a-day world, it seems “no good deed shall go unpunished,” the reality is no good deed shall go unnoticed – when it is done for the Lord.

 

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